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I Am Afraid of People

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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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    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 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 24, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    *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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    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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    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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    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...
    aquasapphire aquasapphire 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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 know it's silly. Maybe I'm the only one.

    There's a lot of people with social anxiety- but this is bad. I'm fine with people my own age, or people that are younger or elderly because they don't pose as big of a safety threat to me, but everyone else scares the **** out of me and makes me tremble and back into walls and...
    rosesandcharlie rosesandcharlie 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 25

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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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    lol. there is just this one guy

    who is closed by my team.. i only saw him in pictures. we are not really close unlike the people around me.. and he approached me and i really got scared and shy. i might offended him but im really shy to strangers!!! sorry dude. i felt like im so abnormal.. antisocial dickhead...
    blitzkrieg7 blitzkrieg7 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 12

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