Captcha Challenge – “Talk to Strangers”
Seems like the Captcha is telling me the opposite of what my mom and Rick Springfield told me, which was “Don’t talk to strangers”. That’s pretty good advice for a little kid, because some strangers can be pretty strange. But how about as an adult? Being able to talk to strangers can help a lot. You may have been in an accident and need a kind soul to help you make a phone call or get medical assistance, or you may be new in town or at a job and need to make some friends, or you may just be bored standing in line at the bank or the grocery store and find it handy to chitchat with your fellow linemates.
I personally don’t have any fear of meeting new people or talking to them. If they turn out to be weird, I can handle that well enough, but at least it’s an interesting encounter! Some people have a shyness about talking to people that can be quite paralyzing. It’s called “social phobia”, and it is the fear that people will dislike you or laugh at you if you try to interact with them. It is more likely to strike men than women, so I guess societal pressure on men to make a strong impression probably has something to do with that. I feel sorry for people who can’t go to parties or meet new people because of this fear. Maybe chatting online helps a little, because at least you don’t have to worry about spilling a drink on someone or tripping over your own feet!
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