?As my mum puts it I could "talk to a brick wall" and if you have ever seen me in public I can make "friends" with anyone. You could ask anyone who has ever known me and they would tell you I'm a social person. I can laugh, talk and sincerly be interested in any conversation but that all comes with a price. Interacting with anyone causes me great distress. Because it seemed so inpolite to be anything other than everyone's "friend" I have been in the closet about my social anxiety. With every intereation there is always a steaming cup of tea packed full of herbal treatment for anxiety. Now that I have my SO and we are homesteaders/farmers it's so easy to lock myself in my own little bubble. I am the happiest I have EVER been because our lifestyle keeps me too busy for friends or any interaction outside offamily and farm marketing. Well recently my SO tried hooking me up with this girl he works with, she is very nice and I can relate to her easily BUT I don't want friends. I tell myself I'm too busy which if you followed me around for a day you would see isn't all together untrue but at the heart of it I stay in my bubble for fear of anxiety. My SO is the only one who knows about my social anxiety, he is understanding but is starting to worry that it is unhealthy. I don't see anything wrong with it, it has made me the dedicated mother, lover and farmer that I am. Why do I need friends when I have everything I could ever need right here at home. Is this the start of something serious? I don't want to turn into that woman who needs a shrink just to leave her house but I honestly don't see any reason to leave the house, my family and my bubble. Is this normal? Do you have a bubble?