I Think It Is A Choice.

Yes I think it was a choice, at least for me. I even remember the precise moment I made the decision and why. I was a senior in high school taking calculus. The bell rung and my class was over and I was heading to my next class (Spanish 4) and I was replaying equations in my head when another student passed by saying, "Hi, how are you?". That broke my concentration as I fumbled to reply, by the time I was able to get a few words out, the student had disappeared in the crowd of students heading to their next classes. Having had my "place" destroyed, by a question that obviously meant nothing to the asker, I decided not to respond to such questions especially when I was processing complicated thoughts. And thus a loner was made, course shyness was merely a tool to keep intruders at bay.
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1 Response May 19, 2012

Calculus and Spanish 4! Wow! I never took calculus. I took some Spanish a long time ago, but I don't remember much of it now. It's the kind of skill where if you don't use it every day you lose it.<br />
I, too, don't like to be disturbed when I'm concentrating intently on something. I don't like to drive with passengers because if they talk to me I can't concentrate on what I'm doing. If someone talks to me when I'm typing, I'll make a typo. If someone talks to me when I'm using a knife, I'll cut myself. <br />
I really don't like to talk at all unless I have something very definite to say. If someone comes up and starts talking to me when I don't have something very definite to say, then I fumble to come up with a halfway intelligent reply and usually end up saying something really stupid. <br />
I enjoy a good conversation now and then, but constant questioning and "chatting" is enough to drive me absolutely insane. <br />
Thanks for sharing your story. Take care.