Back in the day, I thought I was an introvert. Then my high school friend George termed his own psyche "social introversion", which seemed accurate, characterizing how we prefer social interaction to solitary activity. Eventually I decided my issue was best characterized as stranger-phobia, which is how I put it in my 101-things-about-me meme.
Anyway, it seems like psychological testing conflates this stuff with introversion in a not-very-useful way, so I thought I would make a little poll here to see just how normal and abnormal the sorts of issues I face interacting with strangers are. (At least within the set of people who both have LiveJournals and read mine, which I suppose is not a particularly representative sample of humanity.)
I allow anonymous comments and do not log IP addresses, so if you're not comfortable filling out the poll as yourself, feel free to just submit a comment with your answers.
You're taking a bus you've never taken before. The address you got for the bus stop was strangely ambiguous--you're having trouble finding it--but it's near a crowded square so it can't be that obscure. What do you do?
You get on this bus you've never taken before. You've never been to the destination before, and you're not sure if you'll recognize it. What do you do?
If money was no object, you'd
At a restaurant, your order comes, and you realize after your waiter/waitress leaves that you didn't quite get what you asked for, but it's perfectly edible. What do you do?
It's the beginning of rainy season, and you have no umbrella. You go into a department store and wander around it for a while, but can't find umbrellas anywhere. What do you do?
You go into a retail establishment of a type you've never been in before. You have no clue how this process works. What do you do?
If any of the above answers mischaracterized your position, explain here.
Obviously, don't bother filling out the poll if you're not going to be honest. And just to be clear, my answer is the second to last choice in every case, and these are all based on real-life experiences. (Although I actually did once ask a bus driver to tell me when we reached my stop. Once.)
Update: Bah, I forgot to include the calling-to-order-pizza question.
I note that I have never in my life called to order a pizza. Whenever I'm with other people, I try to just defer without calling attention to it so somebody else does the ordering; if it comes down to somebody else obviously expecting me to do it, I'll ask them to do it (without explaining why). And if I'm by myself, I never order a pizza--that's why god invented frozen pizzas.