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I Am Afraid of Rejection

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    Anyone sailing in the same boat

    as me? I've led so many people on to stay with my enthusiastic responses to just ANY plans, yet I always fade away, almost non-existent, in between lulls (weeks, months or even years). I never initiate anything, ever, have always been passive and only reactive. People have...
    snowpantherasleeps snowpantherasleeps 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I wish I can go back to the day

    and time that I met my ex-boyfriend so I can warn myself of the hurt.
    lovebutt34 lovebutt34 16-17, F 5 Responses Jun 18

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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 66-70, M 15 Responses Sep 21, 2014

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    I met someone I like last night

    and I think we connected. So I did something I had never done before which is ask for his number. He had texted me once last night after we got home but none today. I'm so so so scared that I don't think I can text him first. I hope... I just hope
    wingz85 wingz85 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 7

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    Every time I get rejected my self-esteem

    plummets. I feel bad enough about myself. I don't need others to confirm it.
    Amethyst253 Amethyst253 61-65, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    Improvisitions210 Improvisitions210 13-15, F 7 Responses Jun 16

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    GrayDipper GrayDipper 18-21, M 42 Responses Jun 27

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    is it weird that this is the reason

    why I don't ask anyone out. I'm worried of getting rejected so I keep my feelings to myself.
    Cheetahx Cheetahx 16-17, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Frustration. How to deal with a person

    who is hot and cold towards you? Giving you all his attention the one minute, and completely disappears and ignores you the next. When you finally decide to get over it and move on, he shows interest again and contacts you. It feels like he dosen't want to let you go completely...
    thoughtsinwords thoughtsinwords 22-25, F 6 Responses May 17

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    I've been rejected by potential employer many

    times. I've been rejected by girls even more. It happens to me all the time. I wish, after getting rejected so many times, it wouldn't hurt as bad, but even when I know I'm going to get rejected, the pain is never softened.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 16

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    My friend just bought a home with a pool

    and keeps promising to have me over for a Friday swim day. Friday night she posts on FB that she was having a pool party. I was obviously uninvited. So sad.
    shaymenae shaymenae 46-50, F 8 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    i hate it when you want to be friends with

    someone but don't approach them cause your afraid they'll say no.
    spulunky spulunky 13-15, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Ugh, I work with this really amazing gay guy at

    work, and we laugh with each other a lot! And I mean A LOT! and I think I'm falling for him… but he's gay, what do I do? 😭😣he's nice too.
    Tommokia Tommokia 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 15

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    I have a girlfriend. I can't believe it.

    I feel lucky, so I felt like I could share it with everyone on here.
    EmoMarceline EmoMarceline 16-17, F 8 Responses Apr 27

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    I've always been afraid of rejection.

    My last friend ship wth this girl made it worse she always took the guys I liked called me names said I was ugly just wasn't nice.She would tell me that I shouldn't ask the guy I liked to hang out because he would say no she was just always rude about it and I've got rejected so...
    kassidyforreal kassidyforreal 16-17, F 12 Responses May 17

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    I really like a girl

    and don't know how to tell her. I got rejected about 5 years ago and am scared now of it taking control if my life if it happens a 2nd time.
    Scott32Cool Scott32Cool 16-17, M 10 Responses Jun 14

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    For everyone who is afraid- You can't spend the

    rest of your life being afraid of people rejecting you, and you have to start by not rejecting yourself, you don't deserve it. From now on, people an either accept you for who you are or they can **** off.
    AnyaW AnyaW 13-15 3 Responses Jun 22

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    I'm afraid of being rejected by the ones I love

    and care about.Sometimes I try to hard to make them happy.I wish the trust issues faded.
    punkglampire punkglampire 22-25, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    I love this girl... But she has told me many

    times that she doesn't have any feelings for me...
    Calva2002 Calva2002 26-30, M 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    Perfect and bulletproof are seductive,

    but they don't exist in human experience. We must walk into the arena, whatever it may be-a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation-with courage and the willingness to engage. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and...
    HotMessExpress101 HotMessExpress101 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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    Don't feel bad if someone rejects you.

    People usually reject expensive things, because they can't afford them.
    DeathThrone DeathThrone 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 2

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    They say be yourself

    but than we have ******** in the world that reject u and judge u because of that.
    someoneunimportant03 someoneunimportant03 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 4

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    I am afraid of being rejected,

    especially when I try to befriend or engage with someone honestly and without ill intent. It's disturbing when people shoot you down before you can even represent yourself, it's so bewildering. Can't you have the decency to not prejudge me based off of your limited experience...
    1ANGRYtitan 1ANGRYtitan 16-17, M 4 Responses Apr 14

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    some people are lucky coz they live normal

    but me I always rejected by friends and also in job cuz I have strabismus
    jayn12 jayn12 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    Rejection ... It crushes you

    or gets you excited. I get crushed by being rejected, but then I get excited. I don't like rejection for one reason only. It gives me Permission to not Give A ****. Rejection is negative but truthful. You honestly have to ask, why am I being rejected to understand fully. For...
    wastedglory wastedglory 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 17, 2014

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    Regularly i m withdrawn from the world.

    when i feel maybe they can not understand me when i feel maybe i will be rejected and i will not be heared properly... This is a very old habit since childhood... i have reAd alot about such personalities in pscolology books ... In a very first stage of life even in oral stage...
    Az1353 Az1353 41-45, F 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    The sentiment I have is that,

    why would someone I like, like me back, when they can have someone much skinnier and prettier?Why would they settle for me?I typically end up liking guys who are pretty good looking but why would such a guy settle for someone like me, with so many flaws and who isn't...
    Catmagic101a Catmagic101a 18-21, F 14 Responses Feb 22

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    I go on a dating site,

    still unable to wink, show interest or email. I worry a lot about spending old age alone😳
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jun 7

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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 9 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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    When he reads your message

    but doesn't answer...:'(
    pxthetic pxthetic 13-15, F 8 Responses Dec 2, 2014

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    I am a gay man. Like it

    or not, that's who I am. :)
    miguelminajj miguelminajj 18-21, M 6 Responses Feb 23

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    Rejection hurts Soooo Bad!

    ! Omg it feels like my heart and soul are being ripped right out of me! 😣😩😢
    Ruger5 Ruger5 41-45, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    No so much afraid of it

    as I don't like it just because someone is different don't mean you shouldn't talk to them or be there friend who knows they might bring something new to your world
    paulsmith345 paulsmith345 16-17, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    How do I forget a *****(sorry girls

    but theres no better word) who I hate with every fiber of my being but still have feelings for?
    placesivebeen placesivebeen 18-21, M 26 Responses Jan 30

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    I just don't want to be pushed away

    and the feeling of rejection hurts and a sad thing to cope with.
    SweetHeartxxo SweetHeartxxo 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 7

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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 8 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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    I was obese for most of my life due to

    that no one ever looked at me, bullied me and it broke me. this made me extremely unconfident along with family issues to a point I became suicidal. then I took things under control and started losing weight I ended up getting modeling offers I did that for a while. along with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Jun 14

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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 5 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    I'm a generally passive person

    and the idea freaks me out. I stay away from asking questions because it scares me.
    whymustlifegoon whymustlifegoon 13-15, F 5 Responses Jun 27

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    is it weird that this is the reason

    why I don't ask anyone out. I'm worried of getting rejected so I keep my feelings to myself.
    Cheetahx Cheetahx 16-17, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I cant be myself with my family.

    Truly, when I'm happy and the days depression isnt weighing me down. I like being weird and dancing and laughing loud. I cant with my family. If I start to sing or dance in the car and get my little sister to lighten up and smile. (Shes only 8 and always serious because my...
    KiraRawr KiraRawr 16-17, F 11 Responses a week ago

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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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    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 want more friends and a relationship

    but I'm too scared of not being worthy enough.
    Apostasies Apostasies 18-21, F 16 Responses Jun 4

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    But its better to try

    and be rejected than to not take the chance at all. I only wish it was a easier thing to do.
    TickTockTickTock TickTockTickTock 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 10

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    I don't dare go out with another man.

    That horrible feeling when he never calls again or texts you after promising to just stings like a knife.
    shaymenae shaymenae 46-50, F 9 Responses 5 days ago

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