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  1. Datameister

    The Introversion and Anxiety Collective

    Thanks for the suggestions on social skills, but I'm afraid I already do a lot more than that on a daily basis, and have been doing so for many years. But still somehow I just don't form the deeper relationships that others do, and no level of exposure - small or great - has ever produced any real change for me. As to your questions about the "recharge" thing, it's a description of a subjective internal experience. I think science is by far our best way of understanding the universe, but the neural substrates of some experiences we assume exist (malaise, joy, lethargy, confusion, anhedonia, etc.) are largely a mystery for now. Doesn't mean the language is entirely useless. Personally, I use these simplified labels in a descriptive way, not prescriptive, but I suppose you could be right about some other people limiting themselves. And the mystic stuff is silly, of course.
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    The Introversion and Anxiety Collective

    Yes, that's what some models hold to be true, Blume. As I said, I happen to think a two-dimensional model with a decently strong negative correlation is a better approximation of this particular facet of human behavior and psychology, although even that is a simplification. I do find it interesting that you were fixating so much on the idea of social skills, though. I don't think I've ever known anyone who described these traits in terms of level of skill. I know some "introverts" who are very skilled socially, and some "extraverts" who are very skilled at managing their alone time. Usually, it's described more in terms of preference, or in terms of where one derives their emotional energy (so to speak) from. Some people ask what "recharges your batteries" - social time or alone time. (I again think a two-dimensional model is probably closer to the truth; for instance, I think of myself as having two of these "batteries", one of which is recharged by high social stimulation and one of which is recharged by low social stimulation. In my case, I tend to feel a draining of the latter a lot more quickly and a lot more acutely than a draining of the former, but that's where the interpersonal variation comes in.)
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    The Introversion and Anxiety Collective

    Ah, I see, Blume. It's a simple misunderstanding, then. I can't speak for anyone else, but I pretty much agree with everything you just said. I can also see why it'd be easy to assume I disagree - I even used the word "spectrum" once or twice. But in reality, I believe the bottom line is that people are complicated. I've found anecdotally that introversion and extraversion tend to be inversely proportional for a lot of people, but they're certainly not mutually exclusive. There's nothing that precludes a person from being an "expert" in both. I think your two-dimensional model is a much closer approximation of reality than the one-dimensional model you're arguing against. I think people's interactions with you over time give you some information, but the temporal resolution and the trustworthiness of the data leave a lot to be desired. The ideal would be to have direct real-time access to the perceptions and thoughts of everyone around you for a bit - but of course that's ludicrous.
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    The Introversion and Anxiety Collective

    I generally view anything that attempts to categorize people in this manner with a degree of skepticism, but I do think this particular spectrum can provide some useful language for describing some people's tendencies. (As I said, people are complicated.) You're 100% correct that every human is a social being. We are a social species. I'm not aware of anyone arguing against this. An introvert isn't defined as someone whose physical and mental well-being steadily increases as their degree of social interaction approaches 0. I also agree that social anxiety is a separate concept. What perplexes me is your insistence that "natural inclinations" (behavioral tendencies caused by some interaction between nature and nurture, I presume?) have nothing to do with this. I'm not sure how a person's behavior could be caused by anything other than the interaction between their environment and their natural inclinations, in fact. Maybe we're using the phrase differently? Regardless, I definitely see interpersonal variation in the degree to which people are inclined toward near-constant active social interaction, just like I see interpersonal variation in the degree to which people are inclined toward investing in becoming an engineer or a musician. Different people want different things, and the same situation can provoke different non-pathological emotional responses from different people. EDIT: That being said, I do think my real-world social skills could use a tune-up - that's a different issue - so I'd appreciate any insight onto how exactly one improves at this. It's obviously not through simple practice; I do get plenty of social interaction in my daily life. How does one get trustworthy real-time feedback on real-world interaction? Other than the scattershot method of just affecting a bunch of different social behaviors and trusting any gross changes in people's outward reactions.
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    The Introversion and Anxiety Collective

    I can only speak from my own introversion experience, but for me, it manifests in a few ways: * I prefer socializing with small groups, not large groups. * I can go relatively long periods of time by myself without feeling much of a conscious need to be around other people (though my mood may suffer after a while). * After socializing for a while, especially in a loud and busy setting, I experience a strong desire to be by myself. * I'm hesitant to initiate interaction with strangers. * Most of my interests and hobbies are solitary in nature. Then again, I love public speaking and I can be very loud and outgoing when I'm in a good mood and a comfortable setting...so who knows. People are complicated.
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    What Brightens Your Day?

    Seeing cute little kids always brightens my day. I get kinda paranoid about coming across as a creeper, so I usually don't interact that much with random strangers' children, but it's still fun to see the little ones taking in the world around them.
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard 2018)

    Yep. I'd particularly echo what Stefancos said about getting the audience to bond with Rey right off the bat - I remember feeling instantly drawn into her world. Finn's, too, for that matter. And Kylo Ren had my attention from the start. Those characters were what really sold me on that film, despite how painstakingly it apes the story beats of ANH. Rogue One felt like the opposite to me: a much newer and more interesting story (and an insanely great third act), but I couldn't really connect with the characters. (Although I do like Director Krennic.)
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    Solo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard 2018)

    I don't even know how I'd rank them. Each has such idiosyncratic flaws: TFA's been-there-done-that plot, Rogue One's underdeveloped characters, Solo's inoffensive overall blandness...and then there's TLJ, which constantly switches back and forth between great moments and terrible moments for me. My most joyous viewing experience was probably seeing TFA for the second time. If I had to watch one of them right now, I'd probably pick Rogue One. (Solo is the first Star Wars movie I only saw once in theaters; if it shows up on Netflix, I'm sure I'll watch it again eventually.)
  9. Datameister

    Anyone else have hypochondria problems?

    Canker sore type things? Yeah, I've always gotten those periodically. Very annoying, though I've got much bigger fish to fry, medically speaking.
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    Are There Any Scores That You Hate?

    Oh yeah, it's probably been 10 years since the last time I listened to that, but I seem to recall it being pretty torturous.
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    Are There Any Scores That You Hate?

    Not sure. Something about the melodies just gets on my nerves most of the time.
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    Are There Any Scores That You Hate?

    There's plenty of film score stuff I don't like, but "hate" is indeed a strong word. I will say that I can only take very small doses of both CutThroat Island and Family Plot, even though the former was beautifully recorded/performed and the latter is filled with Williams ingenuity. Most of the time I get annoyed and stop listening.
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    Star Wars: Original Trilogy Music Resource

    Okay, new topic - am I an idiot?! I've adored the score to Star Wars since I was a small child. Can't count how many times I've listened to it, or played parts of it on piano, or heard it in the context of the film, etc., etc. But it wasn't until JUST NOW that I realized that the chaotic, dissonant motif that plays as the stormtroopers blast their way into the Tantive IV is just a variation on the film's Imperial motif. Here I was thinking that motif wasn't introduced till later in the sequence, after Leia is stunned. ...I assume everyone else realized this, and I'm just now catching up?
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    Best Disney Classics and Disney Pixar Scores?

    All excellent choices. Check out the James Newton Howard trifecta, too (Dinosaur, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Treasure Planet). The films aren't high on most people's lists of favorites, but the scores are excellent. In the live action realm, two that I love are Bruce Broughton's Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and the classic Mary Poppins.