- People watching, craving contact (visiting a park to feed birds, sitting on the porch)
- Wearing comfort clothes
- Using books, the Internet, or TV to generate a feeling of interaction
- An expression that crumples when people show affection for one another
- A pain in the chest
- A downcast gaze
- Tears, sadness, depression
- Giving an abnormal amount of love and attention to someone or something (daily visits to a neighbor, treating a pet like a baby)
- Bingeing (overeating, hoarding, buying unnecessary items)
- Frequently calling family or friends
- A willingness to talk to strangers just to interact–at the grocery, in the library, etc.
- A disinterest in one’s appearance or an abnormal interest in one’s appearance
- Slumped shoulders, limp posture…
Turn up the heat on your protagonist by adding conditions that will alter his mood and make him more emotionally reactive.
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