Percy Jackson shouldn’t let him being Poseidon’s son stop him from making friends and making close relationships. Evidence to show that Percy is being isolated by being Poseidon’s son is on page #204- #205 where it says (“The next morning, Chiron moved me to cabin three.
I didn’t have to share with anybody. I had plenty of room for all my stuff: The Minotaur’s horn, one set of spare clothes, and a toiletry bag. I got to sit at my own dinner table, pick all my own activities, call “lights out” whenever I felt like it, and not listen to anybody else.
And I was absolutely miserable.” Excerpt From: Rick Riordan. “Lightning Thief, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).” Apple Books.) This shows that when they found out he was Poseidon’s son they moved him to a cabin by himself where he has nobody to be with making him lonely. He also mentions feelings of isolation. “Just when I’d started to feel accepted, to feel I had a home in cabin eleven and I might be a normal kid—or as normal as you can be when you’re a half-blood—I’d been separated out as if I had some rare disease.” Excerpt From: Rick Riordan. “Lightning Thief, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).” Apple Books. And according to the article linked on dx it says that having no friends can lead to stress/ anxiety. “In a study of over 100 people, researchers found that people who completed a stressful task experienced a faster recovery when they were reminded of people with whom they had strong relationships.” So this shows that feelings of stress/anxiety can cause people to be less able to complete stressful tasks. This is important because Percy has just taken on a dangerous and secretive task, so if he’s in a stressful situation and he’s lonely and sad as he is he might not be able to perform well enough to stay alive. Even more evidence to support this is that in the same article it says. “Loneliness has long been commonly associated with depression” and according to “” says that depression is connected to feelings of hopelessness. So this all connects together because Percy has just accepted a quest that puts his life in danger and him being the son of a celebrity should avoid dying. If he has no friends than he could be in extra danger due too him having feeling of depression and anxiety. And because anxiety causes feelings of hopelessness and a lower danger avoidance instinct he would have a much higher chance of dying during his quest that the balance of the earth hangs in, because as its quoted in the book (“Imagine the world in chaos. Nature at war with itself. Olympians forced to choose sides between Zeus and Poseidon. Destruction. Carnage. Millions dead.”Excerpt From: Rick Riordan. “Lightning Thief, The (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).” Apple Books.)
So its very its very important that this mission succeed and that’s why percy should try to make friends at camp half-blood.