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So we all know the negative aspects of SA but what about the good things? Sounds absurd but I seriously think there are some advantages to SA. :stu

Here's a list of good side effects of SA for me at least.

1. Considering SA keeps me chilling at home a lot when i'm not in college, i've got tons of time on my hands. I guess it's like the guy who spends years in prison and comes out with a PHD. I've got so much time on my hands I end up teaching myself new things just to kill time. Currently, i'm learning the guitar, teaching myself italian and japanese, reading tons of books about just about anything from philosphy to war to buddhism, teaching myself advanced math like calculus and i've just started getting really in depth in music theory. Without SA I seriously doubt i'd be doing all this, i'd probably be going out every night to bars like the rest of the people my age. That may sound like fun for the moment, but expanding your mind lasts forever while getting drunk with friends lasts only a night. :stu

2. I feel i'm more sensitive to people. I get good and bad vibes off people I meet. I've only lived 22 years but throughout those years whenever i've gotten a bad vibe off someone they usually ended up doing something really messed up.

3. I think SA has actually helped me do better in homework like essay's. My instructor always has a one on one conference with students after you do a essay. Because of this, I find i'm litterally a perfectionist when it comes to writing papers. Mainly because i'm so nervous about her saying stuff like "You completely missed the topic", "your english is horrible", etc. I usually end up doing several rough drafts, proofreading it 5+ times and making sure it's the best I can possibly get it. Another plus is, if it's done really well the instructor barely has anything to say and the conference only lasts a couple minutes compared to 10+ if theres a lot of corrections she feels must be mentioned.

I don't know.. this probably sounds really stupid. I just think there are some good things about SA. Anyone else feel this way? What positive things do you think SA has contributed to?
 

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well sgr215 you sound like an exceptional example of a SA person...

Um.. me for example... oh sure I learned stuff by not going out, but all my great knowledge of RPG's, strategy games, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books, and other random misc. mish mash are not exactly things I am able to be overly proud with. They are just a bit too obscure to be useful except in the most rare of circles.

So... I don't know. I think if i had spent that time with people, doing...well... ANYTHING, I would have been learning social skills of all kinds AS WELL AS the video game stuff mebbe...

But who knows... I tend to look on the bright side of it, and call up this challenge of SA as a great motivator and my secret SUPER POWER in life, Muyahah!..

... well...

... someday it'll be a superpower ...

Anyhow, awesome for you sgr215, keep up ze awesome work, good topic too!

-Colin
 

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Yes, there are definitely benefits associated with having SA...

1. I have an incredibly awesome and fun relationship with my husband and two flat-coated retrievers.

2. I am a home body and love being at home with my "three" family members.

3. I love the written word and prefer it to the spoken word.

4. Traveling wears me out, although I do it when I have to. I wouldn't mind doing some sight-seeing/visiting or teaching in another country--which some day I hope to do.

5. I spend less money because I can only go to certain stores alone.

6. I spend less on gas because I have a hard time driving anywhere alone.

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I like this topic :). I'll have to think up how SA could possibly be positive. Like they say, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" or in Chinese, Crisis means opportunity, or there are a bunch of other quotes like that that I wish I could remember right now :).
 

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1. If I'd been social I probably wouldn't have spent so much time on computers, never would've learned any programming, and would have some boring job.

2. No chance of falling in with gangs, getting killed as or with a drunk driver coming back from a party, nor other social dangers.

3. No danger of a disfunctional relationship/marriage. Nor being manipulated by aquantences with ill intent.

4. I think it made me a better writer (though not really better student like sgr). Growing up I'd fill my time writing stories, and have always appreciated the written word as my best means of expression.

5. Monetary savings from not having to try to impress anyone. If nobody ever comes over, it doesn't matter if I use boxes as furnature.
 

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I spend a lot more time reading and writing because of SA, and I think I am more capable intellectually because of it. (At least, I'd like to think that...)
 

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In the book The Shyness Solution by Catherine Gillet, shyness is described as a potential gift because it can make us gentle, compassionate, empathetic, modest, tactful and sensitive. I feel proud to be able to place a checkmark by each.
 

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Good thread!

I think it has made me sensitive and understanding towards others. I'm really forgiving and never judge people negatively if they seem nervous or something because I know what it's like.

Also, having little to no friends growing up has helped me become my own person and not succumb to peer pressure. All of my interests I became interested in by myself. No one influenced me. I'm not one of those people who likes something just because their friends do.

I also read a lot, fiction as well as non-fiction (like encyclopedias) and I guess that has made me smarter.
 

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1) developed my introspection. As Emerson said, the unaware life is the unlived life or something like that. I know how I feel and don't conform to others.

2) led me to learn more about the mind, meditation, and more about alternative healing

3) led me to get more in touch with my feelings and learn to deal with negative emotions

4) forced me to learn to have a better relationship with myself

5) led to learn more about self-esteem and learning how to change things in yourself

6) led me to study about things more deeply than the average person.

7) has forced me to be an independent person. I don't need to have someone with me if I want to do something.
 

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SA Pays!

Dove wrote:
Less people to get gifts for on birthdays and Christmas.
HAHA, so true!...on that same note though, less to recieve. (hmm...sounds kinda selfish :teeth )

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I think it has made me sensitive and understanding towards others. I'm really forgiving and never judge people negatively if they seem nervous or something because I know what it's like.
Also, having little to no friends growing up has helped me become my own person and not succumb to peer pressure. All of my interests I became interested in by myself. No one influenced me. I'm not one of those people who likes something just because their friends do.
I couldn't agree more. I'm definitely not like my peers, for better.....and for worse.
My lack of socializing in my off time allowed me to be more productive; that has resulted in(among many other things) getting promoted early!!! Which has got me about $300/mo more than if I hadn't! :banana
So you might say for me...SA has paid off!
(and will continue to if I study hard...I can make another promotion next year!)

As far as understanding what its like:
My unit's first seargant is really quiet, and was very nervous (blushing, quivering voice, jittering hands...the works!) talking at an AMU call where everyone shows up. I guess after that I sorta felt a lot more comfortable around him. (of course now he is leaving in a couple weeks! :sigh) I wish there were more role models with SA, I guess we just gotta keep our eyes peeled...they obviously won't be advertising themselves. :tiptoe
 

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1. Considering SA keeps me chilling at home a lot when i'm not in college, i've got tons of time on my hands. I guess it's like the guy who spends years in prison and comes out with a PHD. I've got so much time on my hands I end up teaching myself new things just to kill time. Currently, i'm learning the guitar, teaching myself italian and japanese, reading tons of books about just about anything from philosphy to war to buddhism, teaching myself advanced math like calculus and i've just started getting really in depth in music theory. Without SA I seriously doubt i'd be doing all this, i'd probably be going out every night to bars like the rest of the people my age. That may sound like fun for the moment, but expanding your mind lasts forever while getting drunk with friends lasts only a night.
I know this is a "no negative thoughts zone" of sorts but I'd just like to point out... why learn Italian and Japanese, when you're too shy to really use 'em?

I'm actually learning Japanese right now by chance, and, especially since it requires me to stay back an hour in school twice a week (and walk home in the dark in winter...), I'm sort of regretting I ever started. Bah. There's about 4 or 5 other people in the class with me but I'm still scared to ****ing death half the time and I still get so sweaty and stiff... I never should have done it. I'm not ready.
 

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3. I think SA has actually helped me do better in homework like essay's. My instructor always has a one on one conference with students after you do a essay. Because of this, I find i'm litterally a perfectionist when it comes to writing papers. Mainly because i'm so nervous about her saying stuff like "You completely missed the topic", "your english is horrible", etc. I usually end up doing several rough drafts, proofreading it 5+ times and making sure it's the best I can possibly get it. Another plus is, if it's done really well the instructor barely has anything to say and the conference only lasts a couple minutes compared to 10+ if theres a lot of corrections she feels must be mentioned.
Personally, it has the opposite effect on me. Even if I COULD do brilliant essays (maybe I could? I've just never really been able to let myself go in recent years), the thought of having it potentially read out for the class is enough to make me not want to do anything mindblowing... or even interesting.
 

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I think SA has made me more observant of other people. Because I'm so obsessed with what other people are thinking, I tend to understand better why they do/say the things they do/say. Also, since I'm terrified of someone being mad at me or getting yelled at, I put a lot of energy into figuring out how something I might say would affect the other person and the reaction I would get. I don't know if that's pos. or neg.
 

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We know that when we're nervous about something our thoughts are scattered. We therefore look for things to focus on. This is a plus. Whatever we put our minds to we can accomplish. After a while, I think if we try we can look back on all we've accomplished and realize that if we've done all that, we can accomplish anything..-including tackling SA, or any negativity toward it. Myself? I find myself focusing on drums. I'll lose myself in my focus on the drums. I'll play for 2+ hours and not realize the time...every day. This afforded me great ability on the drums. Some day, when i can play in front of people, they'll say "where did this guy come from???!"
 

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Whatever we put our minds to we can accomplish.
I find that if I want to do something there's always something blocking me from doing it, e.g. building my muscles - I don't have enough room for a bench and I think that at this stage, a gym is out of the question for transport and... other reasons.

I've never really accomplished anything. Anything that comes to mind as an accomplishment. Anything I might want to do is a far away fantasy that'll never even begin to come true.
 

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SVIIC, I'm sure you've accomplished plenty. I can relate to your post. Many days I wake up and feel like i have to do something amazing to be worth anything. This simply isn't true. We have only to get up and complete our basic obligations, and leave a little time for ourselves for reading, hobbies, volunteering, etc. -Reading a book is an accomplishment. Sponsoring a child in a foreign country is an accomplishment. being nice to a telemarketer is an accomplishment. If you really want to make some hobby a forte, you need to practice it everyday. even if it's just for five minutes.
 

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Speaking of reading a book, I just finished Catch-22 and today I'm going to finish A Christmas Carol and that only took me 4 days (incl. today). It was a very short book so I figured I'd read it. Meh, it's alright so far, I'm almost done.

It's just that... if there's anything I ever really want to do there's always something in the way and I always just end up giving up without ever even getting a chance to start properly and just going back to the computer...
 

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I gotcha. I have a problem with procrastination too. I've heard there are decent self help books on the subject. A lot of times i'll get sucked into the tv or computer (or drums). It seems like ocd kind of (but i've heard it's common in people with SA. In the back of my mind while i'm watching i'll think, hmm, i probably should be doing something else. But then I also think, Oh I'll just finish this one show. A couple hours later I'll think man, why the hell did i stay up so late watching tv. I didn't get anything out of it.
I think it's good to catch myself when i'm doing something out of procrastination, and ask myself "What are the implications of my doing this right now? Am I putting something off? Why am I doing that? What will happen if i put it off? Is there a better way i could be spending my time?" Usually this helps me put things into perspective. I also find that the light ocd behavior can actually be an asset if you channel it to something like learning an instrument. It is a very easy way to get accomplished at something. Get obsessed with it
 
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