Except for the panic attacks. When I was younger, less developed and more socially awkward (I haven't always been "ESTP"), I would be paranoid EXACTLY LIKE THAT, for those same EXACT reasons! Weiiiird... I thought I was the only one. But now I'm waaaaay more socially in-tune with people and never become nervous in the slightest because I can easily find a way to smooth things over or break the ice. I've found that most people are in the one-down position on this and are too nervous or thinking about how they feel to be fully operational in this area.
The only thing is that I've noticed I've had to sacrifice a bit of physical dexterity for it. I'm still smoother than everyone but other SPs, but I just don't have the knack I did when I was a kid. I was all about doing things as quickly and gracefully as I could, constantly. But ultimately you have to pursue one or the other - smoothness in physical movement or social situations, as it's often too difficult to switch between the two continually.
Hell, I used to change the channels on the TV with my toes, walk on narrow ledges in strange places in the forest, learn to do several things rapidly in a row in one smooth flowing action, etc. I could learn a song after hearing it only a couple of times or so and know it for life. Now I have trouble remembering all the lyrics to old songs I used to sing constantly.
I still think I was too modest in my prior posts in this thread, though. I'm definitely more badass than I was giving myself credit for, and I've gotten even better due to my truck dispatching job where you have to quickly and effortlessly transmit extremely detailed information back and forth and every which way to Timbuktu. I suck at forms but the first time I did actual dispatching which is arguably the hardest and definitely the most fast-paced aspect, I amazed my boss who's been in the industry for more than 20 years.
I think we can all lack skill when we get depressed. And SP depression is that of boredom. When we just don't see the point anymore, no reason to really get up in the morning and take care of those little details that don't count for anything since we're stuck in a rut and nothing exciting will ever happen... then, yeah. We can probably miss out on alot.
But I've always kept mental tabs on everything, even when I was depressed and a part-time philosopher.