Posted by so on July 18, 2005, at 12:39:41
In reply to Re: SSRIs worsening Social Phobia? » so, posted by smith562 on July 18, 2005, at 4:49:24
> Hey So,
> Thank for the advise. I am interested ... what are some of the good reasons people might chose to lead a private life? Thank You.
> >There are plenty of good reasons other than a mental disorder that a person might choose to live a reasonably private life.
Mental stability might be one reason. Social groups create undue performance pressures on a person, which can be avoided by a carefully chosen and somewhat limited social circle.
I would approach the question from the opposite direction, though. What does a person need from social contact? How much social contact does a person require to fulfill those needs? Beyond those requirements, what are the benefits of social contact? What are the risks? What needs might we be attempting to fulfil with social contact that just might not be satisfied by social contact? At what point does social contact become an addiction, in which we try to satisfy a basic hedonic drive, but in which an increased tolerance leads to an ever increasing need for more social contact?