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It feels so much more natural to my psychological makeup than interfacing with people just because somehow I'm supposed to "need" to be around people or "do things" with people.

I'm naturally introverted, but I'm finding that I need more contact with people than I'm getting. Too little contact can (sometimes, not always--my priest friend is probably not at risk of it) lead to unrealistic fears and distrust, like the hoarders (the Collyer brothers, for example) who not only amass junk in their houses, but so much fear that everyone else wants to steal the hoard they they barricade and booby-trap the place.

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It's always been difficult for me to anticipate others' feelings, and lack of practice for the past 9.5 months seems to have made it worse.

I’m also prone to depression and this can be a sign of depression.

I'm subject to seasonal depression and this is the time of year for it. Last year, at the time it ought to have abated, it collided with pandemic depression, so this has been going on for much longer than I've experienced before.

I use a light box, which helps some, and I'm under medical care.
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