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I Am Afraid of Rejection

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    Rejection hurts and i experienced

    that feeling many times and it was not a good feeling.
    Horse10202 Horse10202 18-21, F Jan 8

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    Ever since this really bad situation in 2013

    where i attempted suicide several times over a guy, i've sworn to myself never try to get a guy's attention ever again. I was never supposed to either way, it's how my mom raised me but i was so mesmerized by him had never being in a relationship that i just couldn't help myself...
    xRockGlossPrincessx xRockGlossPrincessx 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    I'm a reserved, quiet person by nature

    and growing up I was always left out of things. Thus I felt the need to put on this fake persona just to fit into these particular groups that were leaving me out. Especially in high school. I guess you could say I didn't do well with rejection. Now, at 23, I definitely feel...
    lucidxacid lucidxacid 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 6, 2014

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    I decided to talk to the guy I like

    and tell him that I like him. I was already expecting him to say stuff like "I just don't like you" or "I don't see us together" but that didn't happen. He just said he wasn't looking for a long term relationship. It was terrifying waiting for his response but I wish that things...
    emalia924 emalia924 16-17, F 6 Responses Jan 3

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    Quite bored.. Quite crazy.

    . Anyone by any chance?
    Johnnymane Johnnymane 16-17, M Jan 3

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    It's not that I'm "afraid of rejection"

    [anymore]. It's more like I dread the thought of the idea. When I do feel rejected, that's when I get stuck in my head with my thoughts. A very dangerous thing because my own voice in my head is not always the nicest thing. Rejection always hurts the most when it's people or...
    seakissedjem seakissedjem 26-30, F 7 Responses Aug 28, 2014

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    im always afraid that people arent gonna like me

    and i cant make friends easy cuz i stay really quiet and they think im stuck up which im totally not.
    niallsbaby niallsbaby 13-15, F 6 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    I'm Jacob, 18 years old

    and have a pathological fear of rejection. From about the age of 9, my parents - especially my mum - would compare me to other kids in my class. She thought, and was right about the fact that I was smarter than most of the kids my age. I just didn't put any effort in because...
    JacobStark JacobStark 18-21, M 6 Responses Oct 4, 2014

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    I don't have much to say on this topic other

    than, It stops me from developing career wise and relationship wise. I don't appear very confident, therefore I feel rejection is imminent. I wont ask a girl out, I wont take a risk at a high paying job and I wont step forward with my ideas, that's down to my fear of rejection...
    HelterSkelter1 HelterSkelter1 22-25, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I suffer from mental issues

    that stem from my younger years, my parents never loved me and was more often than not dumping me at other houses or literally in the middle of nowhere. Since the people who are meant to love me the most, my parents, always rejected me and never loved me, why would anyone else...
    Markybubbb Markybubbb 18-21, M 5 Responses Jan 8

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    I hate when people don't

    even bother to try and know me. They just stay in their exclusive cliques and categorize not just me, but anyone as someone "not worthy" to talk to. I tend to be shy meeting new people because of experiences and expectations like this. ****** me off because I'm not quiet when I...
    Sapphirebee27 Sapphirebee27 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    georgia2001 georgia2001 13-15, F 5 Responses Aug 15, 2014

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    never was but am afraid of it.

    ..in fact i can't stand it lol
    Israa94 Israa94 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I hate it when people tell me know without a

    reason it makes you feel a bit unwanted x
    courtney10155 courtney10155 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 2014

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    My biggest thought on being rejected is "you

    are all beautiful and unique, if the person you like doesn't like you back or says no it's their loss not yours. They don't know what they're missing out on" so the next time you get rejected just know that that person lost an awesome gal/guy
    AllisonLuvsMusic AllisonLuvsMusic 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 30, 2014

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    am so pretty and tasty

    but i like some girls but am afraid to talk to dem sometimes
    sexyloveles sexyloveles 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    I would tell myself to not care.

    Nothing good or bad is permanent, so just keep moving. Someone called me a name? Don't react to it. I'm beginning to become a memory to my friends? Oh well. The guy I like doesn't like me back? Whatever. Someone complimented me? Thank and acknowledge them but go on with...
    torr62 torr62 13-15, F 2 days ago

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    So there's this girl

    that I am acquainted with from a class in high school last year. We only talked a couple times and she was one of the more popular girls in my class. She seems to be a nice girl though, not one that looks the other way to "non-popular" people. She likes and favorites a few posts...
    Andre195 Andre195 18-21, M 6 Responses Jan 9

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    When I was younger, I was always rejected,

    every man, every girl. many men used me, many females treated me like a worthless piece of trash. Every day I would go to school fearing what would happen next, would my heart break more? Would someone else hate me? Look at me like a misfit. But then I met the man of my dreams...
    jamiedoe94 jamiedoe94 22-25, F 6 Responses Aug 26, 2014

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    i now have a crush on a boy

    for a year, and people say he likes me too but i'm just afraid to talk to him because when i do (which i tried 2 months ago) he gets very distracted with other things and that makes me so nervous and i only said things like ' i just want to know if its true what people said' and...
    unidentiffied unidentiffied 16-17, F 6 Responses Jan 2

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    I'm prepared now... I'll come to you

    and tell you how I feel, I will tell you exactly how I feel at least I will try to. I'm not expecting anything in return... I know you'll reject me, I know It'll be awkward for us after but believe me.. I will tell you how I feel because I need to be rejected properly by you...
    kmisfit123 kmisfit123 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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    I'm terrified of being deemed 'unworthy' i'm

    reasonably attractive and friendly so on the surface I attract guys' attention. But i'm picky, not purposefully , rarely do I feel that chemistry with a guy, only when I do, its never reciprocated. They're special to me but I'm not to them. It hurts me everytime. It puts me off...
    marsbarzzz91 marsbarzzz91 22-25, F 8 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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    I want to start things new with someone new

    but I'm afraid of what the answer would be
    Moonchild96 Moonchild96 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I am afraid of rejection,

    but now I regret that I didn't said anything to him. I lost him without saying anything.
    Althea12 Althea12 13-15, F 3 Responses Jan 18

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    I find it really hard to express how I feel

    but I really want to give it a shot since I'm really struggling here. There's a guy that I have a crush on and its been lasting for almost 5 months now. To me he's everything I've ever wanted in a guy and he makes me feel special.However there is one thing about him that makes...
    keilyn18 keilyn18 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    Not really afraid of rejection,

    but more so, a fear of becoming vulnerable. "A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended." Ian McEwan
    Lipsmack37 Lipsmack37 36-40, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I kinda need some advice:) At my school there

    is this thing called a Sadie's dance (which is a girls ask guy thing) and I'm not sure if I should go. I mean I want to but I don't have a date and I'm a little bit insecure about my legs. I know its kinda odd but I consider myself to be very pretty however I have really thick...
    keilyn18 keilyn18 16-17, F 3 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    Everyone asks me when I am going to get a

    boyfriend, when am I going to start dating and I always laugh it off and say who has time for that but the truth is I would love to have someone to share my life with I am just afraid. I don't like myself most of the time so how can I expect someone else to like me?
    DriftingDreaming DriftingDreaming 22-25, F 10 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    i am always friendly

    and nice to people and it hurts me when they are not nice back
    teechme teechme 70+, F 6 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    TiarahF TiarahF 18-21, F 14 Responses Sep 10, 2014

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    Hi. I know this is really stupid

    and complicated, and I'm sorry for being so upset for seemingly no reason, but I sort of have a problem. It's barely a problem at all, I know--I'm just blowing it way out of proportion--but I can't help but at least ASK for some support. Okay, first off, I'm a fifteen-year-old...
    MysteryMe110 MysteryMe110 13-15, F 6 Responses Aug 5, 2014

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    I was abandoned by my mother at 2yo.

    I was taken to live with my grandmother and after about 18months my father told me that she did not want me anymore and took me away to live with an aunt. At 4 yo. my aunt did not want me and I was left at a school. At 5yo, my mother snatched me back, told me NOT to speak...
    marmitemicky marmitemicky 70+, M 11 Responses Sep 21, 2014

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    Lol I don't know where to start.

    I don't start relationships for this reason. I just don't like the feeling of being unwanted. I've been rejected before, but the craziest part is that it's usually by people who wanted me in the beginning. It seems like as soon as people think they have me they disappear from my...
    NoMoreTearsToni NoMoreTearsToni 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 24, 2014

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    When I try to tell myself that's the worst he

    can do is to say no....but then realize that him saying no is there worst he can do .......
    DKames DKames 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    Emonibolton Emonibolton 18-21, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Yesterday I finally built the courage to

    message the cute guy I used to have in a class on Facebook. I wasn't even expecting him to reply & it ended with us planning a road trip to California in the next couple of weeks, and he also asked me if I wanted to go shooting with him sometime (I had posted a status about how...
    rangek rangek 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 28, 2014

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    I hate my life. This is my only outlet.

    I have no one to talk to. I don't have any friends and I am ostracized. The problem is, I don't know what I did to deserve this. I am always kind and friendly to people. I never talk bad about anyone because it's wrong and not who I am. I make myself as approachable as possible...
    Om3awaken Om3awaken 18-21, F 11 Responses Sep 29, 2014

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    whatupdoc54 whatupdoc54 18-21, M 11 Responses 2 days ago

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    Something i have realized.

    .. I dont know why i fear rejection. Ive never been rejected because they didnt necessarily want to date me. Ive been rejected by 2/4 people ive asked out in my life. One was because she was already in a relationship (super awkward now) and the other was because she was about to...
    Xychorite Xychorite 16-17, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I've talked to this guy a lot last year around

    this time and we always flirted but when I finally found the courage to tell him he said he liked me to but started talking to another girl already and hr was my brothers best friend not no more now cause my bros deep into drugs and him and the girl are not dating no more and we...
    jillianne2015 jillianne2015 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 31, 2014

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    i always get rejected by *******

    that i try to show love to
    lovelinessbathes lovelinessbathes 31-35, M 10 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Okay so yesterday I went on a date.

    Well we started fooling around and one thing led to another. He rubbed his d*ck against me, but he didn't go inside. I started freaking out because I knew about the whole pre-*** thing. I bought the emergency contraceptive pill and took it. I started my period today, do I still...
    Iamverysad Iamverysad 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    I am afraid you will shut me down,

    push me away tell me "I Love You Baby" only to leave again the next day..... I am lonely.....wanting you to Love me like we used to for so many years, and hours as moons would fade into the nights and the sun would shine bright we Loved every day and night, held each...
    Andielee Andielee 31-35, F 10 Responses Feb 23, 2014

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    When I was younger I would always try to be

    someone else. I just wanted to be accepted. I came from a crappy family that was small and broken. As I've grown I've become less afraid, but that hurt little girl inside me still fears losing everything. Things people say still hurt me even though I don't want to let them. I...
    SKDel SKDel 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 3

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    Im not afraid actually.

    I have treated it and have been since 2011. I have exposed myself to many situations where I could be rejected. It is something painful but only at first. Whenever you get over it, life will change. You ll have a new set of eyes and you will see opportunities everywhere. Even if...
    daddyinasuit2 daddyinasuit2 22-25, M 4 Responses Jan 14

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    Yes i am afraid of getting hurt

    or rejected i admit it. Its kind of ruining me because i berely do new stuff, apply for a job or get myself out there in fear of getting rejected or hurt
    Alexandralanon Alexandralanon 22-25, F 7 Responses Dec 9, 2014

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    I've been feeling down lately,

    there are these fast heartbeats and cold hands all the time. I dont know where all this negativity came from, I know there are people suffering alot more compared to what I'm going through, its just the level of pain, bit its still pain. I'm scared, that eventually people will...
    louris louris 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 16

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    Ever since I was a little girl I have not been

    afraid of darkness, monsters, or burglars, but social rejection. It started in the sixth grade. My family made a big move and I faced the challenge of a new school. The first day I went to school, I wore a bright pink turtle neck and teal capris with butterflies on them. As I...
    RubyAnaBelle RubyAnaBelle 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 27, 2014

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    Today, I went to see my therapist

    for the first time. She walked up to me and I looked up and saw she had dwarfism. She seated me down, and after a few questions, she asked me "You're too scared to talk to people? Why?". It was at that moment I realised how stupid I had been to think the problem I had with my...
    Rainex Rainex 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 26, 2014

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    I want people to love me

    for who I am! :)
    juliettecf juliettecf 13-15, F 4 Responses Jan 11

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    We don't want to be patient anymore.

    We are becoming reluctant to exercise forgiveness. We hesitate to give second chances. It is no longer efficient or economical to FORGIVE If you have a bad day or say the wrong thing, then you're history! NO second chances. NO compassion. In our modern society: Patience...
    DarkPathos DarkPathos 51-55, M 8 Responses 3 days ago

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    When he reads your message

    but doesn't answer...:'(