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  •  I can relate very much. (4+ / 0-)

    I think I come across as "aloof" too ... but to me it is more about being even-keeled and having a certain amount of attachment.

    (I also don't get touchy-feely people.  It doesn't seem to be worth all that much when some of the "huggiest" families I've seen are also some of the most dysfunctional and at-war with each other.)

    To the irritation of some, I don't jump up and down in hysterical ecstasy when positive things happen ... but at the same time, unlike them, I don't go into the pits of depression and despair when disappointments happen.

    I think because of that detachment, I do get along with people better in general.  I can let things slide more easily, and don't have as much of the knee-jerk defensiveness -- that quality of always looking for something to be offended by -- that I see in so many people.  I don't have a million "closest friends," but I get along with pretty much everyone -- even people who don't get along with each other.

    So, yes, in this case I think "aloof" is a code-word for something else:  "uppity" ... "elite" ... "superior" ... etc.

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