I had trouble with DPNs on my very first stocking project. I'd always used circulars before so the entire concept was alien to me. I knit socks all the time (always have some OTN) and have grown used to them. I do Magic Loop as well, but for pure, unadulterated losing-yourself-in-knitting, I stick with the DPNs.
My personal theory is to make sure you have long enough needles if you're not going to do Magic Loop.
Knitting to keep my sanity. It's working... kinda...
OTN: Dr Watson's Cable Crew Neck
OTN: Writer's Cardigan