Competitive IntrovertI can relate to all the stories about preferring to be alone and wondering if that was "normal". What let me have a relatively happy childhood were loving parents and a gift for (and love of) athletics and competition. To this day (I'm 54) I would prefer to be alone to practice my various sports.....except when I come out to compete!
I studied psychology and philosophy and counseling in college (loved Existential Psychotherapy), trying to figure myself out and why I didn't like to be around a lot of people.Finally settled on being a school counselor. It's been a good career for an introvert....I get to spend most of my time with one student at a time. The overall hustle and bustle of an urban middle school has pretty much worn me out though. Need a quieter second career. One that allows me to pursue my new life's goal....to shoot my age in golf someday.