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I Am Afraid to Let Anyone Get Close to Me

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 446 People

    Because People Do Horrible Things

    My experiences have shown me that people do unimaginably horrible things as soon as you turn your back. Of course, I know not everyone is like that, but the ones who are can completely destroy your life, and even you, if they can catch you off guard. I did recently try to let...
    waterbaby waterbaby 26-30, F Dec 24, 2009

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    Excerpts

    The other day I was going through my cupboards and found an old notepad. After flicking through a few pages, I found a full page I had written a while back. I do this thing every so often where I let my mind take charge and just write what's in my head. Here are one or two...
    Emptysoul30 Emptysoul30 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 22, 2011

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    Don'T Get Too Close

    Here's the thing; be nice to me, i'll be nice to you, be friend to me, i'll be friend with you. That's all! I mean like a casual friend, whenever we see each other we say "Hi, Hello, small talks and that's it! But thinking that we'll get too close as friend makes me sick...
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 22-25, F 12 Responses Mar 7, 2013

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    So Want This To Go Away

    I want to feel love so much in my life, but lack the confidence to try and tell anyone how I feel. My counselor tells me to do so and I am just scared.
    asert12345678 asert12345678 31-35, M Mar 12, 2013

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    A family that projected its sick world view

    onto me, a borderline-********* who partially raised me to be destructive and careless with people's emotions, and a series of drug addictions -- all these things will teach you not to trust people, to lie, that if anyone got too close, they'd run away in fear, that you are...
    trianglelamp trianglelamp 26-30, M Jun 13, 2014

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    I Always Ruin Things Up Whether Intentionally Or Unintentionally

    i dunno why every time i felt like getting close to someone i always mess it up , either i find some flaws from them and pick a fight or put them unto such expectations that i know they wouldn't have met ever... i always end up loosing them just coz when i feel like they are...
    donnybon22 donnybon22 18-21, F Aug 22, 2011

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    Stopped Talking To Someone

    I met a guy a couple months ago, and some fun stuff happened between us, but I won't go into detail.. bottom line, we clicked really well. It wasn't just a one time fling. We talked about our pasts, made each other laugh, and it seemed like we were going to be good friends. For...
    Keepsunshiny Keepsunshiny 18-21, F Jul 1, 2012

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    I'm afraid of putting effort in to meeting new

    people. I'm afraid I will just end up hurting them, or end up being disappointed, myself. I have trust issues and based on previous experiences, I live my life accordingly. People don't like the comparisons but most times, the comparisons are accurate. I also don't trust my own...
    ThisIsNormal ThisIsNormal 26-30, M 1 Response May 11, 2014

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    It's The Truth

    In real life, if emotions started getting involved I would start doubting. After what I've been through, I think there's a wolf under the wool.
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 22, 2009

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    I Think

    I think I know why I don't share too much of myself, at least the deep, really hurt stuff.  I'm afraid because when I was younger, I would get groups of friends, and on two different occassions, I was told, "I NO LONGER want to be your friend."  That was 2 seperate...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Feb 11, 2010

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    In Every Way

    Wether it be romantic, friends or even family. It's hard for me to become emotionally attached to someone. Don't get me wrong, I can chat it up with someone and be the most friendly and outgoing person with them, but ill always be cautious and keep my guard up. I let myself trust...
    Aquamarine221 Aquamarine221 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 17, 2013

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    Relationships Lead To Pain

     My friendships always seem to end up in splitsville.  I guess it's a product of my raising, but it seems like I can keep a friend indefinitely until I get close to the person; then, it just goes to hell.  I have already lost a close friend this year, and I'm...
    zavalon zavalon 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 23, 2009

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    Because...

    In my "case" - you wouldn't like me! I am rarely aware of what you might feel , while I talk without thinking. I hurt people not intentionally. That's why, basically. It is a good enough reason, isn't it. ? yeah.. 
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 9, 2009

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    Reason Why I Don't Have Many Friends?

    I've been told before that luck of trust and ablity to open up to people is what keeps me from not having that many friends and its why I'm never in a relationship. I hate so much how this is not even really my fault, besides naively looking for the best in others... But I have...
    renbrooks521 renbrooks521 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2012

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    I am afraid to let someone close to me

    because with my 1st bf he was close to me and then he ended up cheating on me with another girl then ended up cheating on her with another girl. What do I do get close with another guy or not
    RaspberryTommyCat RaspberryTommyCat 13-15, F 1 Response May 2, 2014

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    I hate being touched.

    No it isn't ptsd, i think its a phobia. It just feels awkward and uncomfortable.
    Mi5h Mi5h 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 17, 2014

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    I Just Don't Know What To Think Anymore

    This is going to be a short story but people continuously surprise me by their cruelty. I'm an honest person. I am giving. And yet, "jerk me around" is seemingly tattooed on my forehead. I'm just weary of it.
    lisa36 lisa36 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 16, 2010

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    Betrayed

    im afraid to let anyone get close to me because i hate myself. i dont see anything good in being me so im afraid they will reject me or make fun of me because of who iam/ what i look like. many people have betrayed me the first time was in grade 6/7 with my first best friend...
    atreyuxo atreyuxo 16-17 1 Response Dec 23, 2009

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    Putting My Heart To Rest </3

    Why am I so afraid to get close? Why do I flee? I shut my friends, potential boyfriends out...It isn't them, it's just what I do.I'm afraid to allow anyone get close me to me...I've hurt people before, and I feel guilty as hell because of it.I let down the ones I love, and I just...
    XxxFallenAngelxxX XxxFallenAngelxxX 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 1, 2011

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    Experiencing Growth: Becoming A Mature Woman

    Recently, I was suffering from depression caused by a resistance to truth.  Starting to live the life I desire and had to make mandatory changes.  Such as loving myself, putting first things first and being real with myself.  The truth was very painful to face, yet once it...
    makeithapen10 makeithapen10 26-30 May 29, 2011

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    I just lost all off my friends in one day due

    to the fact I am afraid to get too close to people. My best friend for three years I made cry cause I told him that I was done with this friendship. I'm afraid to get close to people cause every time I get close to someone we have a falling out and I get hurt for a very long...
    hinhead hinhead 16-17, M Jan 18, 2014

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    Too Close For Comfort.

    All of history and litature is full of stories of how people betray each other. Brutus and Ceaser, Judas and Jesus. It does not inspire confedence in others. Throughout my life I have found this to be true. Everytime I try to tell some one about myself, they either betray me, or...
    suffocating suffocating 16-17, F Oct 13, 2010

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    Vulnerable

     I fear anyone getting close to me because I will be so vulnerable. I will get attached to them and when they disappear, I will be so hurt. Also, they will see all my flaws and could easily use them against me. Most of all, I fear judgment. That they will stop liking me. I...
    reset reset 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 22, 2009

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    I Fear Being Hurt By Those I Open Up To

    I can talk on ep and that really is my only outlet for social contact most days.but in my real day to day life its hard for me to talk to people and risk abuse like the past.I seem to get burnt when I reach out to people and ask for helpI am trying my best now to be selective to...
    czaristacrystals czaristacrystals 36-40, F May 19, 2012

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    I Have Been Tricked And Defamed

    Long time back, during my teens, I was miss popular Diva. My uncle sabotaged my social life completely. He forcefully made a girl [ fat hairy and brown ] friends with me. She seriously needed 100% makeover and had all the bad manners a girl can have. She wasnt even sweet to me...
    HelenParis HelenParis 22-25 1 Response Feb 28, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I was friends with this girl…let’s call her N…for about a year, not a long time I know, but I thought we were really good friends and got along well. Obviously, I was wrong...
    chibikari chibikari 26-30, F 13 hrs ago

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    lol my fear of entering in a relationship made me stop a potentiel love story cause i dont want to jump in it .I'm happy alone , so yeah now i'm getting control of my life again...
    Bigdadyy Bigdadyy 22-25, M 1 Response May 8

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    It's hard to let people close when you feel like you never live up to people's image of you. The constant fear of disappointing them holds you back. I hate that feeling I get after...
    ambivalentFriability ambivalentFriability 18-21 6 days ago

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    pasqualen06 pasqualen06 26-30, T 1 Response 26 mins ago

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    and so I push people away.. I have lots of things I want to say, at the same time, I don't know what to say.. I am not good with poeple and so I NEVER had any friends, like 0...
    FallingWind FallingWind 18-21, F 1 Response May 12

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    I most likely will be. I'm not desperate to find someone... but it'd be nice to have someone to develop love for and hold closely in my arms. I'm very surprised by how I can't...
    ChellyRocker ChellyRocker 22-25, F 7 Responses May 11

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    I am actually a firm believe that most people are selfish by nature. I say this as someone who has had so many people come and go in my life who have shown me that unless I'm there...
    AKLady15 AKLady15 26-30, F 1 Response May 7

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    Not only am I afraid of getting hurt but im afraid of hurting others. I am complicated, easily misunderstood, reserved and i get disinterested in people quickly. If a relationship...
    15ShadesOfBlue 15ShadesOfBlue 16-17, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    After giving up everything I had in my life to be with the girl I loved I got seriously screwed over, lied to, cheated on everything..and now I can't trust anyone and am so so...
    Propsta84 Propsta84 26-30, M 4 Responses May 8

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    What makes you attractive? But beauty is not the only thing that makes people attractive. There are many people out there with slightly better than average looks who are a magnet...
    birdsrestingonabranch birdsrestingonabranch 22-25, F 2 Responses May 9

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    you are the one for me i don’t need anyone when you are with me you are the fallen angel who visited earth you are the princess of my dreams when there is darkness in my life...
    universitylife universitylife 22-25, M 1 Response May 3

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    About a year ago , I got really drunk after receiving some bad news , I then got it into my head to sleep with a man I did not know without using protection During our encounter...
    babina8 babina8 31-35, F 1 Response May 6

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    we become friends and get kinda close, then I trust them... but once I trust them and open up... I think I either annoy them or scare them because they start to act different...
    Bigcat1697 Bigcat1697 16-17, F Apr 30

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    i dont know who the hell came up with these awful fantasy stories! they make us believe **** and now, as grown ups, get depressed because those stories didn't come true for us. we...
    DepresZay DepresZay 16-17, F 3 Responses May 9

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    The very thing I crave, is the thing that I am the most hesitant about seeking....it would be wonderful to be in a strong, loving and healthy relationship with a great man.....but...
    sistahgirl39 sistahgirl39 41-45, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have a fear of getting close to people. You get close, you get vulnerable. Some people are hard to move on without and it's horrible when they take a little piece of you to take...
    ThatOneChillDude ThatOneChillDude 16-17, M 2 Responses May 7

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    All I seem to do lately is cry. I've cried for 16 days straight cause I missed my boyfriend who was in America and then the day he came back I found out he's been on here messaging...
    PrettyPrincess23 PrettyPrincess23 18-21, F May 8

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    I get nervous when someone tries to get close to me bc I've been hurt before and never wanna go thru that hurt again.
    Ridemywavvvve Ridemywavvvve 31-35, F 1 Response May 8

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    Every time they get close either they break me or I ultimately push them away.
    OohlalaMimi OohlalaMimi 16-17, F May 9

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