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I Am Afraid of People

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    People in general are scary to me.

    Not in the I turn and run every time I see a stranger type way. More so a I'm watching your every move for even a hint of negativity. Because once I spot it I'm out of there. I do not need your extra bs in on my cloud.
    pinkypie5 pinkypie5 22-25, F Sep 28

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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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    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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    I have always been afraid of people.

    Afraid they would judge because I'm quiet and don't express many emotions. Every time someone touches me or brushes past me I tense up and hold my breath cause I think they'll do something bad to me. I see everyone around me as someone who wants to hurt me whether it be...
    Catina25 Catina25 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 24

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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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    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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    Especially adults. I feel they're judging me

    because of my shyness and talking very little. My friends parents constantly give me looks and stares when they meet and talk to me. Not all of them do, but most will. I feel like they were excepting something better, someone more energetic and social. Someone they'd want their...
    leolove4 leolove4 16-17, F 5 Responses Oct 3

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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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    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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    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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    i have a meeting at my dorm

    and i am scared as fck.
    Danae102 Danae102 18-21, F Oct 28

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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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    *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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    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 22-25, 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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I really feel for you. I know what it's like. I spent a large portion of my life having this irrational fear. I was afraid to go to bed at night. I was afraid to go to sleep. I...
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 9 hrs ago

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    *Apologize in advance for being mopey during the holidays* Happened again. Met someone. Went out a few times. It's going great. Up until she fills me in on her "situation...
    NewShoes12 NewShoes12 26-30, M 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    I'm sorry for the lengthy post... I just watched Geography Club and it got me regretting how long it took me to come out, and then explore as to why that was.... One of the things...
    jbar291 jbar291 18-21, M Dec 12

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    I've always felt afraid to let people get close to me both physically and emotionally. I think this is why I have never dated someone or I get choked up when someone asks me on a...
    LilFA LilFA 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 22

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    By love I don't mean guys or anything...and I don't mean losing people to death. But I am afraid of losing my friends and family, that they will stop caring about me or I will do...
    prznaroosak prznaroosak 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 6

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    I bottle everything up. I'm not very talkative. I'm not how I used to be. I don't tell secrets to many people. I don't like but I do like getting close to people. I like to read...
    ForeverANomad ForeverANomad 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 2

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    I've always been sort of jealous of people who weren't afraid to be who they were. I've gone through life being afraid of other people's opinions, so I sort of have this thing...
    RhinosaurusRex RhinosaurusRex 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 28

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    We know deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know. LIVE your life...
    raquel80 raquel80 31-35, F 8 Responses Dec 10

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    I have always been the shy girl. The wired girl. Iv always loved playing sports was never really into makeup. I would much rather play soccer or football than go shopping. I was...
    Ampk Ampk 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    not sure if I'm afraid anymore...I'm just used to it right now, I've been rejected by every girl I ever liked or cared about (possibly loved), people says "have confidence"...well...
    Muramasa Muramasa 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I thought I wrote this here before, but I guess I was mistaken. It’s probably buried somewhere on my hard drive. Either way, it's on my mind and I'm going to write about it again...
    GiantKaiju GiantKaiju 22-25, M Dec 8

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    i not only like but i also give much respect to real people who are themselves and are not masked by anything who are not afraid of who they are or of their weakness. in short i...
    sly15 sly15 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Afraid I'm afraid to write the words that i feel because of the grip that they have on my soul. Afraid to know that what and who I love is the wrong thing. Afraid of losing my...
    taurusboi23 taurusboi23 22-25, M Nov 23

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    After struggling with and escaping my mother's abuse for three months, I've finally grown comfortable with letting my siblings know what goes on in my life. But today I was...
    Cranksta Cranksta 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 28

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    I believe it. It sucks but I know it to be true. Main reason is I don't socials nor do I want to because people suck I'm not say just men i mean people in general they pretend to...
    Aries1884 Aries1884 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 8

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    I think what makes people lonely is the inability to ask for the things we need because we're too ashamed or embarrassed to admit that yes this is what I want, so instead of taking...
    Icudabinsumbodi Icudabinsumbodi 36-40, M Dec 10

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    This is practically my life story...why I am so afraid to trust people lies within how I have been treated...
    BrokenGlassDoll BrokenGlassDoll 16-17, F 6 days ago

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    You may mess up, but you are not a mess up. You may make a mistake, but you are not a mistake. You may screw up, but you are not a screw up. You may fail, but you...
    torr62 torr62 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    I want everyone go is wanting to commit suicide to read this Why do you want to through your life away we were given only one life to live haven't we already had enough blood shed...
    natsufairy12 natsufairy12 13-15, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm afraid of the truth so live my life in the dark. I don't find answers to questions. I just dwell on them and think of the what ifs. I'm afraid that if I find out what's real...
    bhabhablacksheep bhabhablacksheep 22-25, F Nov 23

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    I am trying to introduce people to this guy I fell in love with who is in all probability my soulmate. Nobody seems to really get it though. :::sigh Then I remember why it is I...
    saturnsdaughter saturnsdaughter 26-30, F 1 Response 40 mins ago

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    I am afraid of relationships. I think I always have been. I can't remember a time when I was able to give myself to someone without second thought or with uninhibited trust. I'm...
    shanequea shanequea 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 10

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    So I've been an only child for my whole life, and I've been happy. Change is the only thing I have ever really feared. But. . .today my mother told told me she's pregnant, and...
    PadfootPandora PadfootPandora 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    my cousin Priscilla, my uncle Tex and my aunt Yvonne take my grandmothers pension money away every month. They also hit her and starve her. Shez afraid. Priscilla makes her babysit...
    roxrockman roxrockman 26-30, F Nov 22

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