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Known bug on Macs, discussed numerous times already.
1. Turn on "Application Frame" under menu "Window".
and / or
2. Navigate to Preference -> Advance Type -> Type Contextual controls and uncheck it.
Thank you very much! That fixed it.
I searched for InDesign palette problems but didn't find any answer for this issue—not sure what they are under
A solution for this issue is provided at Troubleshoot text selection issues. Please try the steps mentioned in the link.
Note: You need not to turn off the preferences now with this solution, and should be able to work fine.
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