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I Am Afraid of People

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    I Pass It Off As Shyness

    I'm actually quite scared of people, but I pass it off as shyness. They believe my story every time..
    Soarre Soarre 18-21, T 5 Responses Jan 7, 2011

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    I Am Afraid Of People

    I always have been afraid of people, ever since I could remember. Sometimes I couldn't even leave the house. I couldn't hug anyone in my family and they had to keep a distance away from me. After horrible experiances with people abusing me and my belongings, iI still haven't...
    Someonething Someonething 13-15, F Nov 22, 2009

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    Always Have Been..

    I just realized that I've been an "adult" for nearly ten years now. On January 26, 2000, I turned 18, which technically meant that I was then an adult. However, nearly ten years later, I still don't feel like an adult. It's because my entire adult life has been completely devoid...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 12, 2010

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    Sometimes people scare

    and startle me. I can relate to a wild/feral animal. It's weird sometimes when you think back and relate it to personal experiences.
    lon3lygam3r lon3lygam3r 26-30, M Jul 12

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    Judgement

    I am afraid of people. I am afraid of people for a few reasons. The main reason I am afraid of people is the fear of being judged. I like to pretend that I am not affected by people judging me but that is a lie. I am so afraid of being judged by people I usually just avoid people...
    cena113 cena113 22-25 2 Responses Jun 15, 2011

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    Always Afraid

    i have always been afraid of talking or being noticed i have only had about 10 friends in my whole life and all of them have left my side. I can't start a conversation even if in my head i feel like i really want to and later i regret every moment i could have started one. I ...
    Grimsoldierz Grimsoldierz 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 14, 2010

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    *thoughtful*

    true is we should see beyond ppl's walls true is nobody is same but fear isnt always something u control. Is it really fear of ppl?or their actions?if they hurt us? Im more myself on ep and even that..ppl on ep can hurt u-ep its real life too.Of course u can stay away and...
    amysangels amysangels 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 27, 2009

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    Yes Most People. ...

    Yes most people. I guess its again part of my childhood fears. I was bullied a lot in school which made me fear people more. And I have been hurt so many times in my life that iv learnt not to trust people. I hope it is something I will get over soon. Not all people am I afraid...
    michelle619 michelle619 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 6, 2009

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    Fear

    It's a vicious cycle. I want more friends, yet I am afraid to go out and meet people. I absolutely cannot stand 3/4 of the people I meet! It's like, almost everyone in my generation has had their mind sucked out somewhere down the line. I dont drink, get bored very easily, and...
    Katzea Katzea 22-25, F Jul 6, 2012

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    I don't mean in the social anxiety way

    (although I do totally have social anxiety). I'm afraid of what people are going to do to screw up my life. I've been answering some really deep questions about my life and figured out that the most important thing to me is building a future where I'm happy. The idea of that...
    vlrjspn vlrjspn 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 26

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    How Do I Deal With It?

    I am afraid to talk to people i dont know and it makes it hard to have a live at all, i cant get a job because im to afraid to go and talk to anyone, makes it hard with my classes aswell.... i just dotn know what to do, how can i have any sort of life if im to afraid to go out...
    Ranunculus Ranunculus 18-21, T Sep 26, 2011

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    Hiding In Plain Sight

    I am not so much literally afraid of people. I am just trying to hide myself from all these people. I can't go into a public place without feeling so very out of place in any situation. I still go out during the weekend and am afraid to walk around by myself. I hate to be alone...
    ImEndangeredGimmeYourCola ImEndangeredGimmeYourCola 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 13, 2009

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    Friends

    I'm afraid my friends or crush might recognize me on ExperienceProject and go read my experiences. :/
    NuthinbutaGthang NuthinbutaGthang 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 1, 2013

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    To Mine Pple In One Places

      i feel that they are too noise  
    Nique23 Nique23 26-30, F Dec 11, 2009

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    The Unknown

    I have never really understood why I am so afraid of people! When I was little I used forced myself to think that if I hid my thumbs I was invisible. I knew deep down that was impossible, but it sometimes mentally helped me to stop freaking out. I no longer hide my thumbs but now...
    MoodSwingBetty MoodSwingBetty 18-21, F Dec 14, 2011

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    School

    As many of you can or could agree school is hell. If it's not all of extra work it's the people. Always judging and being mean or rude. It sucks. School to me is just a place where I was bullied and harrassed. It was hard making friends, don't get me started about how hard it was...
    sambob2 sambob2 18-21 May 3, 2010

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    90% of the time, I am afraid of people.

    I do not allow myself to get close to a lot of people, because I am always worried about getting hurt by people. I have learned over the years, that most people are not worth trusting, because in the end, they will just hurt you. So it takes me a LONG time to warm up to people...
    NYSlilAngel NYSlilAngel 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    Avoidance

    I don't go out much because I am afraid that people will look at me and I don't use the phone because they will hear my voice. I prefer to email most of the time and make a lot of excuses when my friends ask me to go out somewhere. It's messing up my life.
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 3, 2008

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    If Anyone Has Insight On This Issues, Anything, I Could Really Use Some Input..

    It's so obvious right now to me, as clear as the nose on my face, why have I never noticed before? Have I always been like this or maybe it's just progressively getting worse? Where the Fcck is this going to leave me in 10 yrs or tomorrow? I am..well very scared right now? I don...
    mgtour mgtour 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 21, 2010

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    I'm Afraid of People

    I'm 15 and i'm very afraid of people. I feel like i'm constantly being watched, judged, and made fun of. I talked to my mom about it and she told me to get over it. It's not something i can live with anymore i feel so akward around people at school and in public and it makes...
    Jezziee Jezziee 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 26, 2009

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    It's always been really hard for me to accept that other's like me. I often come off as stand-offish and cynical, and I am really afraid that people think I'm just annoying and...
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    I haven't even been aware of this. Life is so useless and people only pretend they love you. It is hard to be aware of the true. It is hard to be an adult. It is hard to grow up...
    hisamedusssa hisamedusssa 18-21, F 7 hrs ago

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    I'm not afraid anymore. I have just accepted it and now I'm moving on and focusing on my fishing. Caught that Saturday.
    superabe11 superabe11 16-17, M 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Yeah you heard it right, I am not afraid of rejection. If i ask a girl and then she rejects me, i would'nt cry or feel bad.
    mahdiraza mahdiraza 16-17, M 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    I am afraid of being rejected like I'm afraid of being open about my fetish. It's a terrifying experience when I think I'm gonna be rejected to the point that I won't do certain...
    ILF777 ILF777 18-21, M 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Not sure whether it's just me but I find myself really limited in what I can do and how I socially interact with people because I'm afraid of what they'll think of me and how that...
    ThatAwkwardOne ThatAwkwardOne 13-15, M 1 Response Jul 2

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    I just never ever been afraid from dying as it is life as no one stay alive forever, right!. I just saw a lot of funerals in my life and lost a lot in my 35 years as my life been...
    Egyptianguy34 Egyptianguy34 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 3

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    Everything around me is falling apart...we all live in fear...When you live In a war zone everything else looks insignificant ...I live in iraq...I have watched so many people die...
    ffdp84 ffdp84 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I feel like I have so much to lose. I keep so many memories locked away and would consider myself a pack rat of good times. I write down things that make me laugh and things that...
    Anticloud Anticloud 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 4

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    i don't know why. i just feel so scared of annoying people. whenever there is time to think about anything, i start thinking about those people i am currently talking to ( most...
    iamnoor iamnoor 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    Iā€™m afraid of hurting people. I always hurt someone when people get too close. The only times I can talk to people is by doing street magic or by trying to help them with their...
    l0kar l0kar 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    I'm scared of my emotions, and I don't know what to do. I try to fight them, to lock them away, or eliminate them, but no matter what I do, no matter how logical I try to be, I can...
    Nix0 Nix0 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    I truly admire those people who can just stand in front of a crowd and be themselves withouth doubts or fear or being afraid if he/she is going to be accepted. Not hiding behind a...
    Blueberrybliss Blueberrybliss 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 8

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    I crave the deepest connections with others, yet I'm too afraid to let anyone in. I love to socialize, I love to make friends, and I have a boyfriend. But that true connection has...
    laurennhem laurennhem 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    Sooner or later we all die. Regardless of whether or not you believe in life after death or the end of your conscious' existence, it's hard to deny that time goes on. Others will...
    bluearcher96 bluearcher96 16-17, M Jul 5

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    Im not afraid to speak my mind i will tell you how it is straight to your face šŸ’ for the people who are afraid, what have you got to lose?
    verox3 verox3 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 12

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    I am so afraid of everything: going out and having fun, making a fool of myself, talking to people, even that I'm bothering everybody that are my friends. But at the same time, I...
    AngelLux AngelLux 16-17, F Jul 13

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    My mom got married to my biological father at a young age, he was abusive and controlling, during the divorce and custody battle he kidnapped me and my older sibling, when his wife...
    LunaValentine LunaValentine 18-21, M Jul 15

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    I say things most people are afraid to say.....I do not hold back when it is the right time and place, or perhaps when it needs to be the right time and place. I do not sit...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 15

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    Me and my bestie were doing trust exercises because he thinks that my lack in trust is keeping me from getting close to people . He said I'm so afraid that someone will hurt me...
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 18

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    I think the people on EP who write about the secret things that actually cross their minds are courageous. They aren't afraid to share their truths no matter how unacceptable their...
    truthandbeauty truthandbeauty 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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    I'm afraid to let anyone get close to me again because I can't stand the fact of being hurt all over again, I don't want to get attached to someone and then they leave me. I'm not...
    Blueeyedprincesss Blueeyedprincesss 16-17, F Jul 1

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    The other day I had to get completely changed in a group changing room. There were a few other guys there. Being naked in front of people is no big deal to me (I'm a nudist and...
    19andNaked 19andNaked 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 2

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    So I go into Wal*Mart... Lovely place that it is.. my........... S.O. tells me I live in the Boondox... Far from Civilization, and I say it isn't so, but our Wal*Mart is one of the...
    SweetKiester SweetKiester 36-40, F 8 Responses Jul 20

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    One of my biggest problems in life is being so afraid of what people think of me that I don't talk to anyone at all. Sometimes I do, but I feel like anything I say is stupid or I...
    AnomalousEarthling AnomalousEarthling 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    Every time I see him every time I see that monster I don't know what to do even if I did I wouldn't be able to move cause every time I see him I am frozen with fear hell even if I...
    MissSkye MissSkye 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 2

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    I hate sending messages to start conversations with people on here.. I don't know why but a part of me dies inside.. I guess I'm sort of afraid that they won't want to talk to me
    CollegeKid18 CollegeKid18 18-21, M 6 Responses Jul 2

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