Humans are interdependent creatures. Our behavior affects the environment we all share. Even in prison, solitary confinement is the most severe form of punishment.
Too much isolation leads to bad decision-making and bad citizenship. If you cut off your connection with others, it hurts everyone.
You need to emerge from your shell. The good news is that you can do it at your own comfortable pace. If you’re playing piano, you have to learn scales before you play jazz. If you want to create a bond with another person, you can start with a 30-second chat in an elevator.
If you’re afraid to share your emotional pain and ask for help, try a few of these tricks.