He has trouble opening himself up to people, yet he is so interested in learning about other people's lives. He thinks it's because he's very scared of being misunderstood, and continues to close himself off further. He prides himself in being able to be content in solitude, because he doesn't want to depend on anyone else for his happiness. But it gets lonely, and he derives so much joy from sharing his life with other people. It doesn't matter if they don't understand him fully. That's asking a lot.