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I Am Afraid of Rejection

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    I am scared that no one is ever going to like

    me. I tend to keep things and feelings to myself because I don't want people to know how insecure I am. I tend to push people away because I am not ready to tell them everything about myself.
    alwayshappy365 alwayshappy365 16-17, F 5 Responses Apr 28

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    I hate to say that this fear has kept me from

    asking people out that I later regret.
    Franchise1107 Franchise1107 16-17, M 3 Responses Aug 9

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    I HATE MISSING SOMEONE,

    knowing they DONT GIVE A ****!!
    saaya04 saaya04 22-25, F 5 Responses Feb 11

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    I am scared to be myself around a lot of people

    because I am into a lot of stuff others are not. It sucks....
    jesikahluv jesikahluv 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 22

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    I go through phases where I fear how women will

    react to my manhood. Not sure why but I think it is tied to an unfortunate and unanticipated moment of adolescent "excitement" in the locker room. The jokes and laughter made me wonder if something appeared funny or abnormal to them. I'm sure it's all psychological.
    curvesleft curvesleft 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 13

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    I am...maybe because I always felt unwanted

    from a young age.. And during the years, I have experienced that quite a few times... Being wanted for one thing, then dumped when used... I am scared to make close friends because a few have left me.. I mean online friends, telling me they loved me so much that they would...
    Eloisiane Eloisiane 41-45, F 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Me. Myself. I'm very known in my town

    as pretty. But no one knows me for me! I'm alone bc I make my self alone. I'm pretty social... but when it comes to me being by my self I get upset. I don't like being alone.. So I feel like I am being rejection..rejection isn't Always being pushed away it's also pushing you're...
    unidentifyed unidentifyed 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 11

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    I am sick of rejections,

    it makes me feel like I am NOT good enough for anyone!!!!! I do not want to be UNEMPLOYED or SINGLE forever!!!!!!!! Damn it!!!!!!
    WantingToSettleDown WantingToSettleDown 31-35, F 8 Responses Jul 29

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    Thats why i didn't tell my first love about

    this feeling.. Been 4 years in love with him, secret admirer :| I moved on, i know its wasted time. :")
    daneean daneean 18-21, F Aug 3

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    So afraid that I don't

    even take chances with people, but I don't know what's worse.. Not trying and having no chance of being rejected nor relationship.. Or trying and having a chance with both..
    emoscreamo101 emoscreamo101 13-15, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I've always been like that.

    I have the ability to makes friends but actually doing it is hard. Don't want to come off as being weird or awkward. Or worse yet I have nothing to talk about and then they think I'm boring or something! Maybe it's a self esteem thing?
    Mytime32 Mytime32 31-35, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    ... in the way I am, I behave,

    by girls. I always need affirmation for things I do in my private life. I have the fear to fail at anything I do. It does not matter if i try to talk to a girl or just being accepted for who I am. I have so low self esteem in private life. That is so weird, because everything I...
    Gammler Gammler 22-25, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    So I Run And Hide...

    And my deepest secret is that sometimes I feel so needy...I have loving family, dear friends and the occasional lover. But I'm damaged, so inside the part of me I dare not examine it will probably never be quite enough.If I find myself reaching out too often to someone and they...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 6 Responses Jun 17, 2013

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    I've never let myself get to a stage

    that I can be rejected because I'm afraid of how I will feel afterwards. I'm also too polite to reject someone
    Chemly Chemly 13-15, M 5 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    imshy1234 imshy1234 13-15, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    So there's this girl

    that I've known for just about a week. I met her at this party that was held by my best friends friend whom he met through Instagram. Now she was holding this dinner party for the other popular instagrammers that they had met. Me who was on vacation to my friend who lives in the...
    MartinIsInLove MartinIsInLove 16-17, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    My name is mohaaa, am in high school,

    I like having girl friend but am afraid talking to girls and having fun with them COZ am afraid to be rejected. So can anybody help me out of it?
    mabdulle1996 mabdulle1996 16-17, M 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    People see me but not

    for me. They see a quiet, shy girl,one that rather keep to herself then be surrounded by people. That may be what I look like on the outside but I'm anything but.... On the inside I'm hoping to be accepted hoping that, that one person would take the leap to talk to the quiet...
    Gabbygirl123 Gabbygirl123 13-15, F 8 Responses Jul 30

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    I have trouble meeting new people

    because of it. I fall very easily for someone and once I have the courage to ask them out I back out because I do not want to be rejected. I have never had a boyfriend because of it. I wanna be in love but am too scared. :/
    KelsiPowPowTayler KelsiPowPowTayler 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 30, 2013

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    Yet again, rejection strikes.

    Thinking EP was a rejection free place with a bunch of people willing to talk and wanting to share stories, I have actually been rejected about 3-4 times in the 2 weeks I've been with this site. I guess it must just be the world, but don't share a story on "I really need someone...
    dvds414 dvds414 16-17, M 7 Responses Aug 10

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    I'm afraid to really be myself anymore.

    People nowadays judge everyone on anything. The way they dress, how much they weigh, pretty much anything. When I see someone looking at me, I automatically assume they're mentally making fun of me & it sucks. I just want to find someone I can be 100% myself with all the time...
    bekoveranything bekoveranything 13-15, F 9 Responses Jul 24

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    I am extremely afraid of rejection

    that it's at a point of being irrational. I tend to let my mind get in the way and therefore it stops me from getting anywhere with any woman.
    mattywheels25 mattywheels25 26-30, M 6 Responses Jul 24

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    I've been rejected before & it sucks.

    It's like, I wasn't good enough for that person. But sometimes I like to think, that person wasn't good enough for me.
    oxxxmv oxxxmv 16-17, F 5 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    Every morning my heart puts on a mask to hide

    what's real. Because we've learned that it feels better to fear in loneliness then to be rejected again for our openness.
    KariAlex KariAlex 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 14

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    I got rejected by my own (ex

    now ) boyfriend , infront of his friends he denyed us dating and introduced me as his friend
    rastaakitty18 rastaakitty18 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 12

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    Sometimes I fear that at my Job.

    Rejection of my ideas and my way to be. Also in my love relationships. Like If I Dont belong anywhere. Weird
    clauyellowled clauyellowled 26-30, F 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    I'm afraid of rejection- I am a reject

    What holds me back from interacting with others ina way that opens me up completely? That makes me vulnerable? Rejection. That even if I do try to get to know others and allow them to get to know me, that they would reject me. Its happened before. I would try to "connect" with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Dec 8, 2013

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    I can't tell you how many times I have been

    rejected. I can't count them on my fingers and thumbs combined. My first one was in 2nd grade by a boy named Billy. I had weird feelings for him. I gave him a peck on the cheek and he said YUCK!!!! and pushed me away. My last rejection was just a month before the end of...
    meganshaw1 meganshaw1 16-17, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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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 7 Responses Jul 24

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    I have been Rejected too to many times in life.

    I am Resistant to Rejection of any kind.
    PathologicalLair PathologicalLair 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 11

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    I am afraid of rejection

    because I am gay. I am 18, still in high school and I hate being gay. And as much as I hate the term, I'll use it: I am "in the closet." And I just can't picture myself telling people I am gay. My friends don't really accept homosexuality. They almost pretend it doesn't...
    MyNameIsntJimSteele MyNameIsntJimSteele 18-21, M 10 Responses 1 day ago

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    Every body is afraid of rejection my advice two

    you is it won't kill you just do it but be realistic if you ask some one out that doesn't even know that you're name don't ask get to know them they are more Likely to say yes if you if they are comfortable around you but if you have a crush on a friend thy a you have know four...
    courtney19999 courtney19999 13-15, F 5 days ago

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    I'm always scared of rejections I'm like a

    little kid , I like some ill tell a friend my friend tells them and every time i see them I hid from them because I think of rejects my friend is always like "Jada your pretty you tall your not going to get rejected" next thing I know I blow my chance
    Strange143 Strange143 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    oh yes big time. speaking about guys,

    everytime i like someone my midset is always, "oh he wont like me back" or "if i tell him i like him hell say no" because im just afraid of rejection!
    PeaceAndLove1 PeaceAndLove1 18-21, F 11 Responses Jun 11

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    georgia2001 georgia2001 13-15, F 4 Responses a week ago

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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

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    I've been in love with someone

    for years and I want to tell them but I'm afraid that they don't feel the same. He's my best friend and as been there with me through every break up and every stupid decision I've made. He'd come to my rescue multiple times and he listens and cares about me and I can tell him...
    FoxyRose FoxyRose 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    I can't really talk to people

    because of this... I just... don't know...
    TheLoneliness TheLoneliness 13-15, F 4 Responses Aug 10

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    Rejection is one of my biggest fears.

    It's even made me so anxious, that I've slowly backed out of the real world and onto the internet world. I know that all you need to do is to go back into society but I've been out of it for so long that I'm not really sure how to get back in. I'm always afraid to talk to...
    Tazzu Tazzu 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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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 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    It's better to have not loved at all

    than to have loved and lost-- at least that's my opinion I know the original quote says differently
    laxprincess laxprincess 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    It happened to me in elementary school

    and middle school. My issues started in elementary so I got rejected a lot cause of certain things so I was a loner basically. My problems followed me in middle school because most people from elementary transferred to the same middle school I went to, so obviously rumors spread...
    FunnyandNerdy FunnyandNerdy 16-17, F 4 Responses Jul 15

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    In society, i try to fit in

    and pretend to like the same things everybody does. But it kills me inside not to express my own feelings and enjoy the things i like. But if i do, everyone will think im wierd and im afriad they would neglect me. As a teen, everyone at my school goes to parties and get wasted...
    ninjadentistinspace ninjadentistinspace 16-17, F 5 Responses Jul 28

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    There's some pretty girls

    where I live but I'm afraid to ask one of them out for a few reasons. 1) rejection 2)she'll laugh at me 3) shallow and 4) just lie to me bc they don't want to "hurt" me
    Darkwolf523 Darkwolf523 16-17, M 10 Responses a week ago

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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 12 Responses Feb 23

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    one of the scariest things

    for me is rejection because i have been getting rejected all my life. So i try to be as perfect as i can but i never will get there anyone else get this way?
    Codyweb Codyweb 18-21, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    Rejection, regardless of

    who it comes from, makes me question who I am, who people want me to be, what I did wrong. Then I change, I become desperate and cling to the person who rejected me, being what they want me to be, just because to me, the rejection is justified and they deserve someone who isn't...
    SilentJamie SilentJamie 18-21, M 6 Responses Jul 2

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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

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    "Go talk to your crush!

    " HAHAHAHAHAHAHA no.
    jordins22 jordins22 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 11

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    Hey. I'm 16 and into this cheerleader.

    She's extremely beautiful. We go to different schools. Same city and county though. I want to talk to her at a football game this fall. Except I'm scared she'll ignore/reject me. How can I go about approaching her?
    TFugate662 TFugate662 16-17, M 5 Responses 3 days ago

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    I only ever openly expressed my feelings

    for someone one time and I was 15. Unfortunately, it didn't go as planned, I cried a lot and am much too scared to venture down that path again!!
    emiliemad emiliemad 18-21, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    And not only rejection .

    I just find it hard to talk with people .Especially the ones who once hurt me. I 've been bullied and ridiculed , rejected .I was the fat kid , later I developed acne , now i suffer of a mild form of hair loss .My parents were aggressive to me .I feel so weak and useless , like...
    AeternasRebellionis AeternasRebellionis 22-25, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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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

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