This sounds like you’re describing someone with autism/Aspergers.
Interesting! I probably seemed like that to people when I was in my twenties. A case of multiple explanations (nature and nurture) for the same behaviour.
Conversation is first learned in the home and, like many things, we are unaware of how deeply our home has influenced us. Sometimes we can simply unlearn these habits when we become aware of them.
My mum was never interested in how my day had been or life’s little moments, so I assumed no one else was.
I usually just like to let the other person talk about themselves. The more they say, the less I have to. I just make encouraging noises once in a while.
I do the same.
I find people to be fascinating and I really like listening to their stories.
I especially like listening to people from other countries.
Yep, guess I need some lessons on small talk
I wonder how much of the issue in terms of social interaction is how we are brought up as @Edmundus1581 mentioned. I grew up with with brothers who were 8+ years older than myself so when I was 10 and doing whatever 10YOs were doing, they would come home and talk about some girl or prom or whatever.
So naturally this always caught my interest but I had it very much ingrained in my mind that attraction was something to “push-down” and forget about, something that is unholy, much like the naked body being a source of sinful thoughts and actions. Not sure exactly why I felt this way but I think it was a combo of my parents, lots of people at my parish wanting me to be a priest so they always tried to throw in during conversations how I shouldn’t be looking at girls or talking with them or whatever. I think this deeply rooted “pushing down” and denying of attraction led me to acting out in ways accustomed to my age.
From 6-10 I was one of those boys who thought girls were weird and I was superior so I bullied them on the playground (always have felt bad about this even though it was years and years ago), got sent to the principle everyday for this literally. Eventually I stopped that around 10-11, but it’s hard to transition from being the known bully all the girls hated to being the boy that wants to have a female friend, so naturally I had zero female friends. This rejection led me to years of pain and sorrow through impure acts because my logic was hey, these girls don’t hate me, they must like me.
High school I continued this and continued suppressing and denying any attraction I felt for someone, which fueled the impure acts as something I felt I “needed” to release this deep tension I felt inside. Had zero female friends in HS that lasted, the only few eventually told me to “buzz off” because it was pretty obvious I had no social skills with girls and I was just an annoying wannabe, also I spent about a year researching “pickup culture” because I wanted to figure out how I could get back into the mix. Skipped all social events, skipped all proms, skilled graduation dinner and dance, skipped skipped skipped.
First year of college I kept up with the suppressing of attraction and started to feel really worthless and lonely from this which continued to fuel impure actions. Eventually it snapped in my mind after a year or so of this that I was sick of crying myself to sleep every night feeling worthless so I went to confession and adoration and just poured myself out, all these deep wounds from back when I was 6 and acting out as a bully because I didn’t know what else to do. So I wonder, now that I am 20YO and trying to put all this behind me, how much of my lack of social ability with girls is because of a messed up past and how much is because I just genuinely have a hard time speaking with girls?
I’ve tried some tips since being back at college and I have yet to break down and feel worthless or “like a loser” so that’s a huge positive for me, but I do have the thoughts, I try and push them aside. Do these thoughts get easier if I actually had female friends?
I’d say the old adage of practice makes perfect holds. Having positive social interactions with people of both sexes does help make it easier as you do it more and more.
I recall my first semester of college, I had pretty much zero social interaction with girls. I didn’t even realize that dearth until I went home for break and was hanging out with a female friend from high school and let out a loud, prolonged belch. She responded with a disgusted “Excuse you!” And I was like “What have I become!?” That awakened me to the benefits of socializing regularly with both males and females. It still took awhile before I actually was able to implement that in college, but that was mostly due to my delay in finding a good community of Catholic people outside of my all-guys dorm-mates.
It did get easier with time and practice. It didn’t happen overnight, though.
In general, yes, unless a person has an underlying problem which is persistently leading them astray, in which case practice only makes matters worse, just reinforcing poor social skills and bad feelings.
If you can identify the underlying problem then fix that first, or start fixing it, as well as practicing social skills.
I wonder, does anyone have any statistics on how many people meet their future wife or husband during college/at college as opposed to after college in the workplace or coffee shops or church or wherever? My guess is more people find their future spouse at college but I have no evidence to back this up, only my guess/sense
Yeah, I know few people under 30 who are married. My wife and I are 32 and we feel like super young parents in our neck of the woods…people really wait until the last possible minute (biologically) to have kids now…at least in this region. I pick up my son at preschool and feel like a kid with all these old dads in suits, who could almost be my dad, picking up their little guys…
(I exaggerate slightly but make my point).
I’m going to sound weird here. While I would immediately be grossed out at anything doing that without making an attempt to conceal it…I would later find it endearing that someone feels that comfortable with me to do something like that. Helps lower the bar for my behavior too LOL
I don’t think you’re weird.
I think the same.
This secular source reports on a survey that shows meeting through friends is top of the list:
I’d imagine if you dig around in the National Marriage Project reports you’d mine some data
“Through family” is higher percentage than “In School”. Wow that’s a shocker
Long gone are the days when women went to college to get an “MRS” degree.
One can meet through friends or family while they are in college, but, simply seeing a lady across the campus and falling in love is more a movie thing