So you do evaluate the social setting, does it come naturally to you or do yo have to make an efforf?
It usually wouldn't take effort to get basic impressions. I'm not evaluating.. I guess most of it is just working in the back of my head in a way. Some surface behaviors or appearances or overhearing some snippet of a conversation style (or conversation subject) might trigger something. It depends, I guess. Kind of like the way where you flip through tv channels, only see a quick blip of some movie, and you get an idea of what it is. Except I usually don't mind looking closer. Even though some people might have something recognizable about them, they're always unique too. As long as they're pleasant people, I wouldn't mind the company, and I would eventually see something that surprises me (and I kind of want to be surprised..in a good way at least).
I read people really well, as far as their emotions. What I have trouble with is knowing what causes that emotion. Unfortunately, I usually attribute all emotions, but especially negative ones, to myself as the cause. If I see someone who isn't as friendly or seems mad or down, I immediately start scanning our latest interactions to see if I did something wrong. I'm sure that 98% of the time, their emotions have nothing to do with me. I am trying to find a way to not take things personally.