ok... this is becoming a serious problem for me that some NFs might be able to help with. Several very bad interactions with multiple people and groups of people over the past 6 weeks have set me off against people in general. For the last 2 or 3 of those weeks I've pulled the normal "I" thing and just cloistered myself off as much as possible to give myself some space, but NTP feelings don't shift as fast as NFJ ones do... and never without reason. I saw somewhere on this forum a while back the words "solitude is good, isolation is bad"... to which I agree completely. I think I'm rapidly turning the corner between the two, though. Even things so simple as going out to see a movie with someone who's hurt me (or who I've hurt just because of honesty) somewhere along the line is making me more upset with everyone in general. I'm trying very hard not to let myself generalize unfairly (and, lets face it, with something like people almost all generalizations are unfair), but about 16 of the 18 or 19 relationships I've made over the years have ended badly, 3 or so of them almost devastating internally, and I can already feel myself withdrawing subconsciously from the rest 'just in case.' Needless to say that's unhealthy, and very clearly one of those few instances where "faith in the fact makes it true," a self-fulfilling prophecy. The problem is worse than it should be because I'm no martyr--in fact the first 2/3 or so of bad ends to friendships were almost entirely my fault (people I've lost touch with years ago, so there's little chance to make things right), so what's probably your first idea ("look to yourself and realize that we're all just people") probably won't work very well. I think I'm beginning to understand what people are like... and it's making me miserable. [\background] so basically, I just wanted to ask you all... what is it about people that keeps you interacting with them? It honestly would be a quick little computation of "either I hurt people or people hurt me... so I think I'll just bury myself in science [what I enjoy most/do best] and save everyone the trouble," but the first thing in the bible that's ever called "not good" is Adam's loneliness, and I figure there must be a reason for it. So why people? What good has ever come out of your interactions with them? How does anyone benefit from interaction anymore?