I have a form of Autism, meaning the social world outside me doesn't make as much sense as the one inside my head. Socializing is foreign to me, and fitting into groups and making friends is not an easy or comfortable task. I am also an introvert, which only exacerbates my social skills.
This however does not mean I do not value or need the company from others. Quite the opposite, in fact.
There is a self-blown bubble surrounding me and other introverts. Because of my Autism, this bubble is stronger than usual.
That bubble acts like a turtle shell, protecting myself from what I percieve as negative energy. You see, being an introvert doesn't necessarily mean you hate socializing, it just means that it takes a lot of energy to socialize. Say or do the wrong thing to me and that bubble just gets stronger, causing myself to shrink back and attempt to block you out of my mind so that extra energy is not spent.
Some of the things that constitute as "wrong" would be criticizing me, judging me, insulting, telling me im wrong, talking to me too much, not listening to me, and not giving me credit. If you must tell me to stop doing something or contradict me, make it clear that you are listening to me and that it is not my fault. Negative critizism will only cause me to further block you out. The most important thing to remember is to be extremely patient and polite.