Like many kids who feel misunderstood, I spent a lot of time alone. Maybe being misunderstood turns into selfishness because it results in one’s focus only on self. Narcissism. This serves to only exacerbate the solitude, but maybe someone later in life will show the child how to get outside of his/her own mind in order to develop empathy and be able to interact with others. Some of us escape while others never get out.