My closest friends typically have mental illness. This isn’t usually disclosed to me while we’re getting to know each other, so it must be something I unconsciously pick up on. I’m sure this plays into my need (which is a lot less prominent in my life as of the last 6 years) to be a savior of sorts. Most of my friends are also a blend of sarcasm and social awkwardness. I’m attracted to self-consciousness. I would say that, sometimes, people hang around socially awkward people or those who are insecure in order to appear the most sound in the group. I don’t think I have ever done this – I actually enjoy showing off the friends I keep. This is exactly why I post so many photos on Facebook: I like to show off my life. Anyway, that is beside the point of this question. The friends I have can tell you that I enjoy being respected and valued, but that I also enjoy being teased and made to feel uncomfortable from time to time. I enjoy occasional tension and festering (again, I’ve pretty much mastered dealing with this in a healthy fashion).
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