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  1. Me

    Humane people who take time for animals in the wild are very special…and the squirrel on you leg knows that!

  2. Jacob B.

    In all honesty, I used to feel the same way as you do, David, but I’m no longer attached to the words “introvert” or “asocial.” To me, there are many ways to get around this feeling of getting “overwhelmed” by many social interactions, and I don’t think this actually happens or has ever happened to me. I used to think that my brain was wired to be introverted, but meditation and other mental health services have helped me to push this feeling of being introverted aside, and now my mood has improved significantly to the point where interactions would almost never tire me out. The reason some people may be getting “overwhelmed” or “drained” by a very social situation is probably because of an underlying mood issue or anxiety disorder, like I used to have as a teenager. I used to feel so resentful towards some of my peers, that I hardly ever wanted to interact with other people, which is obviously no longer the case. After I stumbled upon the word “introvert” when I was in high school, I came to think of it as being exactly who I was: an asocial introvert who views social interactions as very taxing on my brain. For that reason, I think I was just making excuses to not go out and meet with others, so that I wouldn’t have to deal with their drama. Nowadays, that just doesn’t seem true at all; I really enjoy having positive interactions with others who like me, since they tend to lighten my day almost instantly. Essentially, my teenage self was closing off many opportunities to interact with others, which was pretty much the cause of my “introvertedness,” feeling overwhelmed by anything overtly social, as a result. Perhaps introverts just have low energy levels, or they feel nervous or angry at certain people, deep down inside, so I’m not sure if they really introverted at all. However, I’m still comfortable being alone by myself, so I guess that makes me more of a social “ambivert” nowadays, as a 20-year-old college student. In my opinion, nobody is strictly either an introvert or an extrovert; it’s more of a spectrum of personalities.

  3. Vincent

    I don’t know that I’m a squirrel. Usually I feel more like a hawk in that I turn my head really fast at anything that interests me but also to quickly investigate possible threats. I actually never figured that that might come across as nervous but rather as either highly energetic in some situations or as guarded in others

  4. C

    Haha, yes I feel like a squirrel some times. But instead of searching for nuts to collect I searching for Them so I can run from them like there where the predatore. the problem is that to that predator, Im the only squirrel in the room. And the rest of the group are lions. So the question is – are the rest of the lions going to protect me from this predator..? Do they have the compassion to help if i have a reaction?

    • David Morin

      I think you’d be surprised how many squirrels there are, even if they all look like lions. 🙂

  5. I get jumpier because I’m in the back of my mind I’m trying to avoid people. I say “in the back of my mind” because in a way I don’t want to avoid them, but if one has social anxiety, it’s just natural to be inclined to avoid them. And so if one is trying to avoid, then you suddenly see someone you get jumpy.

    That is an awww-some photo. However, I’m a bit envious. I’ve never had a squirrel come that close to me, and this in spite of my love of squirrels. I read somewhere that squirrels might have rabies and therefore you shouldn’t get too close to a squirrel? Perhaps that’s why no squirrel has ever come close to me. Who knows? LOL

    • David Morin

      Thank you for sharing Jean!

      As far as I know, squirrels/chipmunks don’t have rabies and they are so friendly here in NYC. Back in Sweden, I was super lucky to come within 10 feet of a squirrel.

  6. Kristina

    When I am nervous or insecure, I feel like I am the prey in a group of predators, and it gets really frustrating! It sometimes even feels like the people in the group can “smell” my fear and think less of me. I know I often exaggerate it in my thoughts, creating a vicious cycle, so I do my best to break it and become comfortable and unafraid, like a predator as you mentioned in your article 🙂

    • David Morin

      That’s great you’re working on it Kristina! Thank you for sharing 🙂