I hear a lot of people saying "I thought I was alone" or "That made me feel better to know I wasn't alone".
This is interesting... whilst I understand the idea of knowing others have the same issue as you helps make someone feel less of a freak and stuff, personally my usual instinct is to assume I'm not alone, and this assumption doesn't tend to help me much.
In my case, whatever it is I struggle with, I've no doubt I'm not the only one who struggles with this thing - but knowing that in theory and actually knowing where these people ARE to talk with them about it, are two very different things!!
But I have a theory that introverts probably struggle more with feelings of aloneness, of wondering whether they're the only one who thinks X or who feels like Y or sees Z in A or whatever - it stands to reason that if you spend less of your time talking, relating and sharing with other human beings then you're not going to be as aware of the sheer diversity there is 'out there' as someone who, like me, natters the hind legs off a donkey with anyone and everyone all the damn time.
I can honestly say that pretty much every single time somebody's confided something in me that they were terribly afraid I'd think they were freakish for, I've been completely unfazed and have been able to confidently tell them that I've come across that before.
So... here's my idea for this thread. If there's anyone out there who feels alone, or who worries that they're alone in something, tell us here and we'll see if anyone else relates - I'm betting you they will!!