I’ve run across this more and more in recent years, Claire. I’ve come to conclude it’s a combination of self-centeredness/general disinterest in others (past merely shallow, surface stuff), thoughtlessness, loneliness, and poor social skills. It could be just one, or a combination, within any given scenario and with a given person. I feel like in watching the person closely over a few occasions, you can usually parce out which one applies to whom, however, that has been my conclusion via much experience with this issue.

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