In our increasingly isolated society, I am a friendly person. I smile at strangers on the street with the hope that I might give them a moment of connection. I look people in the eyes when I’m speaking with them. I take advantage of opportunities to joke or be self-deprecating because I like people to feel comfortable around me. I ask questions–real questions–because I’m genuinely interested, and I actually listen to the answers because I actually care. I’ve dedicated my entire life to understanding the human condition, and offering support and connection, because I want to reduce people’s suffering.
I’m Interested In You. That Doesn’t Mean I’m Trying To Have Sex With You.
Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC

Good post. Thanks for sharing it. For perspective, this part about being outgoing and friendly doesn’t just go female -> male. As a male who also does similar things for similar reasons (and who has been in a monogamous marriage for 29 years, and who, like you, also isn’t trying to have sex with random people I meet), I find that I’ve had to dial this back when the other person is female because it’s so often misattributed as an attempt at an unwanted sexual advance. That’s a shame, for the reasons you outline (increasingly isolated society, many unhappy people, etc).

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