What do you think of socializing as a form of therapy?

I think socializing is the opposite of daydreaming as it forces you to to be in the present moment instead of being in some kind of fantasyland. Do you think being forced to socialize for 12 hours a day 7 days a week 4 weeks in a month would establish a habit of not day dreaming? How about reading a novel out loud for that period of time instead?

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Comment by Rick on March 12, 2013 at 4:26pm

I agree that we are introverts and socializing is excruciatingly painful for us but that's why it would be great therapy.  I think some form of socializing which involves equal back and forth between a group of  5 people or less would be optimal.  Of course the main problem would be how to create such therapy or a retreat.  I think playing the game Catch Phrase would be excellent.  I played it for the first time a couple of years ago with my relatives on a family reunion.  The game was miserable for me and i didn't do very well but i never forgot it.  After the game, i felt like i had gone through the ringer.  But i think that's what we have to do.  We have to face our fears.

Comment by Robin on March 12, 2013 at 3:47pm

I think a lot of MDers are naturally introverts, so yeah. But I agree with you. Socializing is definitely the opposite of daydreaming when you do it properly. For me, socializing for a couple minutes to a half an hour is really good for staying off the daydreaming, but when I  get tired of it I start just faking paying attention and drift off into dreamland again. :<  Then I have to find something else to occupy myself.

Comment by Pascale on March 12, 2013 at 3:53am

Very good idea but not quite realistic. Almost as beginning your training program with a marathon a day. I am trying this socialise with one person a day even if only for 2 minutes. Even this is tough for me to keep.

Comment by taffle on March 10, 2013 at 9:12am

I don't think I would last being forced to socialize half the day because I'm an introvert and being around people drains me. Reading a novel or writing one is a good idea. Another option is to pursue your passion and do what you like doing.

Comment by Rick on March 10, 2013 at 1:08am
Would this be called behavioral therapy?

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