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So introverted that the mere idea of going to the grocery market seems taxing...

NerdforHumanity 5 June 19
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It is. I'm also a misanthrope so the things I think aboit people are, I confess, not that great. I get very disgusted with the general population. For a while, I would wear headphones at the store.


I think there's a certain amount of social anxiety and agoraphobia that go along with introversion. There was a time when I wouldn't even take the bus to work. I took cabs.


Yeah some days I feel like this. I've never enjoyed shopping unless it's for tech gadgets. I hate anything that involves making decisions. Decision fatigue is the worst. "I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure" - hehe.

The worst part about grocery shopping is when the person behind the counter tries to make small talk, and even worse still when they start asking questions about my personal life. They ask if I have plans for the rest of the day - but what should I tell them? Do they really want me to take the 5 minutes required to explain the various activities I have lined up and in a way that they'll actually understand what I mean? Doubtful. So usually I just tell them I'm having a quiet one or just relaxing or playing video games. It's not strictly a lie - I may well intend to do those things. It's usually all they want to hear, and gets the point across that I'm not very good at small talk, so they let it go. 😉 Sometimes I feel bad for not being more "warm and friendly" but I find it really difficult to engage in meaningless conversation like that. Am I unfair for considering such conversations meaningless? Has anyone ever formed a friendship with shop assistants when you might speak to the same person for 2 minutes, once a month at most?

Other than that grocery shopping is usually no big deal for me.


I agree with the earlier poster that your interests and activities are not those that are usually associated with an introvert. I am in no way qualified to give a medical opinion, but I will suggest that you do some research on Social Anxiety Disorder. It is very common, and is treatable with medication and therapy.

If this describes what you are feeling, you should make an appointment and discuss with a medical professional. I have been treated for SAD, and feel much better for having sought help.

MikeEC Level 7 June 20, 2018

I love to shop, so I don't mind going to the grocery store. What irks me is the presence of so many loud, poorly-supervised kids running around the store and wailing for their parents to buy X, Y, or Z. I tell my students that I am convinced that places like Wal-Mart must give a secret discount to families with a lot of kids, because why else would you bring five kids with you in the first place?

Sorry, got off-topic (that happens a lot). I'm with other folks -- when you can, get someone else to do your shopping for you. There's a service in my area called Shipt (they were just bought out by Target). You pay a yearly fee to become a member, you use an app on your phone to order groceries, and they bring the groceries to your door. Here in my area, an order of $35 or more incurs no delivery fee, and they will even bring you alcohol. (No prescriptions, however.)

citronella Level 7 June 19, 2018

I'm glad there's stores where you can order your groceries online and you can pick them up. There are some services like Uber that can pick them up for you and deliver them to your home.

mek7730 Level 7 June 19, 2018

Some days. Some days.

Vickylyn Level 6 June 19, 2018

From your profile, your interests don't seem to be those of an introvert. But consider yourself fortunate to be living in an era of online shopping and grocery delivery!

Hihi Level 6 June 19, 2018

@NerdforHumanity Excellent point. I was a music major myself and grew up doing musical theater as a child/teenager. The 'real world' is definitely a whole different experience.


Personally I find grocery shopping the most taxing especially if someone goes with me.

Right. If I have to shop, let me concentrate


I constantly talk myself out of going to the store. I am good if I can survive without going

zorialoki Level 8 June 19, 2018
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