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  • Pair Programming isn't for everyone. Some personality types don't take to it easily, and some personality combinations make for bad experiences. There are a couple of specific people who I can not/will not pair with unless I have a titanium crowbar within reach. And there are personality types I find difficult to work with (e.g., people who do all of their thinking out loud, without the benefit of an internal censor to screen out nonesense). But as I've paired with more people, it becomes easier. Even if I'm mostly teaching my partner, there's usually something to learn (like some small keyboard shortcut that makes life just a little bit easier, or an insight into why certain ways I approach problems go over the heads of people with less experience). Pairing with more experienced people has almost always been a lot of fun, and meshes with my preferred mode of learning.

    I do miss closing a door and putting on my favorite coding music (Gregorian Chants), but I can still do that at home.

    Pairing may not be for you, but give it a try a few times before rejecting it entirely.