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I Am a Recluse

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    I Guess I Am...

    I don't need a lot of social interaction, so my lonely life doesn't hurt usually. I can go weeks or even months without really talking to anyone. But sometimes it hits me suddenly that there's no one around anymore. I mean, I live with my mother so naturally, I open my mouth a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 1, 2013

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    Recluse-ish

    i was a recluse for a time ... actually, off and on for quite awhile and was on longer than not.  i'm not at the present, but i want to be. i live in a house with relatives ( wife's ), but i so long to be by myself.  i don't like idiots; i don't like confusion; i...
    13mikael 13mikael 56-60, M 3 Responses Apr 11, 2010

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    Most Of My Teens And Twenties

    I lived as a recluse and fearful of society, I was abused and abused and abused. I felt I could trust no one- and each time I did trust someone I was abused again.
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F Apr 16, 2011

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    I usually go to the grocery store at night 20

    minutes before closing. My house was empty and I was sooo hungry so I went at 3 p. m. I felt sooo uncomfortable. Every time I saw people in an a isle I tried to avoid it altogether. When someone had to move my cart to enter the aisle I felt my stomach jump a Lil. I kinda felt...
    BlackSheep613 BlackSheep613 22-25, F Jul 12

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    Alaska

    im different then the rest! i dont stereotype anyone and i dont put on any fronts or showy displays of myself! i realize that not everyone will like me for who i am and thats okay! i dont get offended easily but i get annoyed! *rolls eyes* some people are really annoying! i dont...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 21, 2012

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    On Growing Up A Recluse

    When I was younger I was always quiet.  I was just in my own world.  I remember being happy and satisfied.  I would talk to people only when I knew exactly what to say.  I did not and still do not understand small talk.  It seems like a waste of time and I feel very...
    emarr1984 emarr1984 26-30, M 7 Responses Sep 7, 2011

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    I Suck At Life And Have No Future In Sight

    i am slowly becoming a recluse i have had 2 real friends in my life and have alienated the 2nd one a couple months ago because i just dont feel like i could be a good enough friend why do i think this? bcuz i am fat now dont get me wrong im fat but i can run jump play sports run...
    greenincognito greenincognito 18-21, M 3 Responses Oct 18, 2009

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    I've always been a loner

    and the older I get the more reclusive I am becoming. In public places I am painfully shy and self-conscious, my doctor told me I suffer from social agoraphobia. I go to work as a self-employed gardener,where most of my customers like me because they say I'm polite and quiet, so...
    sdh1 sdh1 46-50, M 1 Response May 31, 2014

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    I Am A True Recluse

    The earlier part of my life was so totally different. extrovert, out all the time. Tons of money and tons of everything. Then thru a strange turn of events things changed and I changed, swapping my mansion in London for a studio in the easternmediteranean island of Cyprus and Ive...
    princessfairyqueen princessfairyqueen 51-55 1 Response Aug 18, 2012

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    I haven't got out of the house in 3 days,

    and it's the way I like it. Please stop criticizing me...
    Lifesuckssmusichelps Lifesuckssmusichelps 13-15, F 3 Responses May 27, 2014

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    I see the sunlight sneaking in; Dust particles

    take a ride. I dare to barely lift the curtain, keeping the darkness inside. The cars outside all look like tin, and roll by much too fast. The field is breezy, cold, and cruel; the emptiness much too vast. I see some clouds that don't see me. They float by without a care. I...
    itsaggggthang itsaggggthang 26-30, F Mar 9

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    Am The Recluse's Recluse

    Some people thrive in chaos. I don't. I see the human society as chaotic. They say nothing can be perfect & that.. no man is an Island but.. I'm the nearest to it & my life is perfect in my Recluse.
    Eghed Eghed 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 11, 2012

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    My First Day!

    July 27 is officially my first day of hermithood. When I grow up, I want to be like J.D. Salinger, DDL, Kubrick, and Greta Garbo. I've finished bulk shopping for an entire quarter! I won't have to shop for non-food products until the end of September. I'll only leave the house...
    peppersasen peppersasen 26-30 2 Responses Jul 27, 2011

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    No Jedi Mind Tricks

    Yes, I am a recluse and here is my story. First of all, hello group and to anyone else out there in cyberspace who just so happen to be reading this. Before I begin I would like to thank you very much for your time, even though some of you might get bored and quit reading part...
    shycaress shycaress 36-40 6 Responses Jan 11, 2011

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    And Its Hurting My Potential To Actually Have A Life

    I'm an extreme introvert, but not a hermit. Hermits live in the wilderness. I like my A/C. I remember being introverted as far as first grade. I remember playing with other kids when forced to, or playing by myself. One day, during play time, a child therapist observed our...
    RitaRee RitaRee 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 24, 2011

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    Am The Recluse's Recluse

    Some people thrive in chaos. I don't. I see the human society as chaotic. They say nothing can be perfect & that.. no man is an Island but.. I'm the nearest to it & my life is perfect in my Recluse.
    Eghed Eghed 26-30, M Oct 11, 2012

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    My Experience As A Recluse

    Been a Recluse for who knows how long. Started because of a once-in-a-lifetime exam I took, passed, but didn't comply/continued, every people especially my relatives I see always has that look of pity in their eyes and others even shoved that failure in my face and I'm sick of it...
    randomrecluse randomrecluse 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 27, 2013

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    I am a semi-recluse whom lives in semi-darkness

    and wear earplugs. Why? Because I can't tolerate sunlight. However don't feel ashamed or embarrassed. And I 'sho 'nuff ain't a vampire:-). I don't think vampires wear rosaries around their necks or do they recite rosaries as I do :-). The reasons I live the way I do is...
    HarloweRayne2014 HarloweRayne2014 46-50, T 1 Response Sep 29, 2014

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    I use to not be so "to myself".

    As I've gotten older, it seems that staying away from people has become a hard habit to break. I am naturally quiet anyway but being around most people makes me even more uncomfortable these days. It seems that the only outlet I have is the internet and sites like EP. where I...
    missourimule63 missourimule63 51-55 2 Responses Dec 25, 2013

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    I Want to Be a Recluse

     I´m not a recluse, but I would like to be. Because I know that I am very boring and narcissistic. I don´t think people enjoy my company. I would like to be by myself all the time and not have to worry about other people and their reactions to me. Does...
    Gladyz Gladyz 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 2, 2009

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    I Wanted To Be One

    If I lived alone, I be a real recluse. I lived alone 5 years and only went out to work and did grocery shopping. I'd buy enough for a month so I wouldn't have to go back out for a while. I've always been a loner, especially since my teen years when I realized ppl didn't...
    donnaru donnaru 66-70, F 1 Response May 11, 2012

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    A Recluse Of The Highest Kind !

    when i say i am a recluse well i guess its not out of choice .....am not sure my life could get much worse ......i guess i feel trapped ...and my behaviours are somewhat alarming even to myself........the downward spiral i have been on is like a helter skelter .........but its a...
    psychicprayer psychicprayer 36-40 2 Responses Dec 1, 2013

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    I love being semi-reclusive at times,

    barely seeing friends or family. It allows me to reset myself to get on with life, when life sometimes get too hectic.
    DARRIN001 DARRIN001 36-40, M May 25

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    I Fail To See Why This Bothers Others

    I prefer to be alone , I don't do socialising well at all and have gotten worse at it over the years . I panic at the thought of being around others which true can make life harder but does this make me a bad person ?I think that social people just don't get us so they like to...
    Smackhead Smackhead 70+, F Apr 30, 2013

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    I have a wonderful family and some very good friends that I really love and honour. I have been unwell for some time now and have gotten use to my own company. When family com to...
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    I promised that if I ever got better I would do something to help others in my situation. That was 34 years ago. I am just so happy to be well again. So much time has past that I...
    quickrush quickrush 51-55, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    She left me for her ex boyfriend. They're staying with each other right now. And it's insane how you give yourself to someone and they can just drop you like that. The problem...
    NewNonsense NewNonsense 18-21, M 3 Responses Aug 20

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    ever since i can remember i was usually by myself. grew up only having a couple of friends. it led me to being shy as well as being teased because i was anorexic like. so people...
    loveknowsnobounds loveknowsnobounds 31-35 Aug 13

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    I was diagnose the other day with Ptsd... I was sexually abused for years.. also attack by two guys along with my abuser ..My parent were told by someone who help me they did...
    destinyrose878 destinyrose878 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    Okay, so. This is something that I'm not sure how to get into, but I'll do my best. Here is my gofundme page, but I'll tell you the story. gofundme.com/RentReliefFund I quit my...
    jaydwilson jaydwilson 22-25, T Aug 11

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    A gay guy venting frustration..Now I don't come across as gay at all, not camp, no camp voice, no dress sense . Anyway, all through my school years I was the kid that just vanished...
    atco99 atco99 41-45 1 Response Aug 8

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    Help - this gift/curse just keeps getting stronger or my ability to manage it is eroding. I find myself avoiding others and in process am becoming recluse. How do I make it stop I...
    Phxmetrogainer Phxmetrogainer 36-40, M 5 Responses Aug 2

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