Yo. I've always known I was socially awkward. But it's becoming more and more clear as I get older. It's quite frustrating to say the least, but I know it's not something I can really change. I was born this way, and I don't see it getting better any time soon. I'm typically good on the phone with strangers (making appointments, filing complaints, etc) and talking to people at the store (cashiers, employees, strangers who make small talk). My problem comes with people who aren't quite strangers but aren't quite friends either. I'm a very modest and private person. I don't like sharing my background or feelings or bodily functions with anyone but my closest friends and my husband. It makes it hard for me to make new friends, because they feel I'm cold or shutting them out. And since I just moved to a new state where I know no one, this makes me a very lonely housewife indeed. But my biggest issue is with my roommate. He's been friends with my husband for a long time and just moved in with us a couple weeks ago. I've been having some issues with him not helping us clean up around the house or paying for groceries. But since I don't really know how to talk to (basically) strangers about problems, I always come off as incredibly bitchy, without meaning to. So I just don't talk about it most of the time, which makes me look like an even BIGGER bitch. And it's very tiring having people think you are cruel just because you aren't vocal. I blame it on being a writer. lol I was gifted with the ability to write, not speak. If I could WRITE my roommate a letter to explain the issue, I'm sure he'd understand much better and would not get upset. My husband doesn't quite understand my flaw with communicating (he thinks my bitchiness is something I can just turn off, when in reality, I don't even realize I'm doing it) but he does do my communicating for me in situations like this. However, it's still an incredible burden to be so socially inept. Does anyone else have this problem? Is it a common problem among writers or do I just suck?