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I Am a Recluse

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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 2 Responses May 11, 2012

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    I wonder if the world misses me

    as much as I miss the world. Whether it does or it doesn't, life go's on without me. I know because I hear it lived loudly. My abode is an abyss that sits on a main street. I hear the mumbles of people and their wandering feet. People coming, people goings, cars passing...
    EtherealRecluse EtherealRecluse 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 12, 2015

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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 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 5 Responses Sep 2, 2009

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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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    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 2 Responses May 31, 2014

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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 2 Responses Jun 24, 2011

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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 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 41-45, M May 25, 2015

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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 1 Response Aug 1, 2013

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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 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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    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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    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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    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 2 Responses Aug 18, 2012

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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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    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 7 Responses Jan 11, 2011

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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 16-17, F 3 Responses May 27, 2014

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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 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, 2015

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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 2 Responses Sep 29, 2014

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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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    In many ways I prefer being alone.

    I go to church, except today when I'm physically ill. I also go grocery shopping every week or two. But I prefer being left alone about 90% of the time. It's a good thing I live alone, except for my pet songbird. Some people worry about me isolating, but I would rather be alone...
    depressedrecluse777 depressedrecluse777 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 20, 2015

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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 3 Responses Dec 1, 2013

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    I've always been a loner,

    even as a child. I was okay with it then and even more so today. I'm not an angry person but have found that most things like shopping (grocery & personal) are not fun. I get irritated very easily with people. So I try to do those things very early in the day or late at...
    Jazzy1234 Jazzy1234 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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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, 2015

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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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    Jackie69C Jackie69C 46-50, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I don't get mad or sad anymore. My friend and stepbrothers make me laugh, but that's about it. I have been a hermit or recluse whatever the word is for about 15 years now I have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses a week ago

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    I've never been able to keep a job for over 2-3 years. I always seem to get ... I don't know what it is ... exacerbated. So I quit. I get fed up. I dislike authority figures...
    dmcac dmcac 46-50, F Feb 3

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    During the relationship I was happy, I was always having fun, I was motivated to gory out there and enjoy life with my beloved girlfriend... Then after she dumped me I became a...
    AskingEmilia2 AskingEmilia2 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 2

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    RELENTLESSLY HAUNTED by every instance of poor judgement or just common errors. Can't turn my mind off, I just relive every single moment! Even ones looong forgotten by people who...
    HollowBravado HollowBravado 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 31

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    I am completely socially isolated. Its scary to think if anything went seriously wrong I literally have not one person I could call short of the police. I have zero friends, I don...
    pre125 pre125 31-35, M 6 Responses Jan 31

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    I don't know if this is truly a phobia or not. But I have become a lot more afraid of spiders than I used to when I was younger. I might have arachnophobia, but i'm not sure if it...
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 5 Responses Jan 30

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    A random day, a laugh shared by strangers... a knowingness inside that said, wow..we get along well, I cracked a few jokes, and you responded with more, asked for important...
    SunlightSeeker SunlightSeeker 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    Me and my dad use to be really close, but he has changed the older he has gotten. He's having affairs, gambling all the time and is very antisocial. When my mom finally decided to...
    kewlchicc kewlchicc 36-40, F Jan 28

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    1. My name is Lili 2. I am 14 3. Learning is one of my passions 4. I really like nature 5. I'm a casual artist 6. Being around animals is sometimes more enjoyable to me than people...
    Rucbrar Rucbrar 13-15, F 5 Responses Jan 22

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    I prefer recluse. Hermit sounds like someone who lives under a bridge with the trolls.
    jameson939 jameson939 56-60, M 2 Responses Jan 22

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    I asked the new guy out when I was in 6th grade. He had a sort of mullet (why did I find this hot?) and actually I had my friend ask him out for me. She was outgoing so I guess I...
    ErraticSarcastic ErraticSarcastic 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 19

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    I was in love with a couple of people in my lifetime, but it turns out that they didn't want long term relationships. One was just out of lust and the other was just to make her...
    TheLastExile TheLastExile 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 15

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