Jennifer, and Rick, I like your question, and answer, respectively. One thing that seems obvious to me, and which you have not for some reason pointed out, is that when you just be yourself, relax and enjoy being the happiest and best person that you can, some people will
like you. You will
find out who your real friends are. You can learn and grow, and encourage those around you just to be themselves and do likewise. (All this from a
lifelong introvert, who is just now learning the joys of becoming more of a
people person). Read "The Power of Positive thinking", and join a local
"Course in Miracles" group.
O.K., O.K., I am clearly pushing my own agenda here. It worked for me,
but of course you have to find out what works for you.
Peace and Love, BruceChris