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I Feel Anxious About Close Relationships

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 122 People

    I don't know if I'm scared to get hurt,

    or if I'm cautious about hurting the other person...
    shlumbug shlumbug 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    Don't Stand So Close To Me

    I come from a pretty horrific background ripe with poverty, abuse, violence, and drug use. It's no wonder why I can't get close to people. My family is highly dysfunctional. They're all alcoholics, junkies, thieves, liars, and violent. We aren't close. Any time we try to get...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 17, 2013

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    After a Long Time I Realized

    after a long time i realized how important it is to accept oneself no matter what. finally it is me who is there and who has to face what ever it is. weather it is good or bad. even though it feel terrible looking at urself sometime but its worth it. there are so many thoughts...
    delicate delicate 21-25, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2008

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    3 Years

    It's like a magical border I cannot cross. After three years, my friendships start slowly but steadily falling apart. Soon we will be no more than strangers to each other, and I wonder if anyone of those people remembers me anymore. I sure do, I miss them and dream about them...
    Fearofsilence Fearofsilence 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 1, 2010

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    I have a wonderful girlfriend

    that I have a great relationship with. I have always had a bit of anxiety but recently I have had anxiety surrounding a particular issue with her. I consistently worry that I will not be able to get an erection to have sex with her. She is a virgin, so I have built up this whole...
    AnxiousLion AnxiousLion 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 17

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    Back!!!!

    I've never done really well with close relationships. Not family, not friends, definitely not romance. I always kept people at a distance. It was easier for me to cmopartmentalize everything into little boxes that way. If people got too close I started feeling ... anxious. But...
    Toby2day Toby2day 51-55, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2008

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    I'm Just Afraid...

    Afraid of what, you ask? Well, it's just that I fear that if I fall in love with one of my best friends and something happens, then I'll lose our friendship (and her). I've gone through that ordeal before, and I don't want to go through that again.
    Ichilicious Ichilicious 26-30, M Dec 21, 2011

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    Yeah I do,I have lots of fears,

    which I guess relationships tend to magnify more.One of those fears is losing people I'm close to,feeling they'll leave me and I'll be alone again a feeling I guess I hate a lot.I'm also afraid of getting hurt of caring more about a person than they do about me.I'm afraid I'll...
    seeminglypossible seeminglypossible 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 26

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    First One

    I've never been particuarly close to any one in my life, I've had a few great friends but I wouldn't ever call them close. I was a little anxious to say the least when we (girlfriend and I) first started to get close and open up, I'd tell her stories from my past that I...
    Cnbrrn Cnbrrn 16-18, M Nov 2, 2007

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    I never feel good about myself, and i have a psychology classes in my college, i found out i have a almost medium self esteem which is near to the low self esteem. It is weird that...
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    I've been taking care of my mother who has Alzheimer's Disease for a little over a year. On Sunday I started paying for 24/7 care for her. I felt I needed a breather so I didn't...
    Myzery Myzery 31-35, F 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    There's that awful feeling in my stomach again ):
    HisDaysAreNumbered HisDaysAreNumbered 18-21, M 3 Responses Oct 6

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    One of the twins woke up at 3:30 this morning and won't go down, I have been dealing with the kids all on my own the past two weeks, don't get me wrong I love my kids but my 2 year...
    trl242317 trl242317 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 7

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    "Bluer Than Blue" After you go I can catch up on my reading After you go I'll have a lot more time to sleeping And when you're gone Looks like things are gonna be a lot...
    zoiera zoiera 26-30, F Oct 5

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    I even feel guilty when I tell people how I feel. I even feel guilty for feeling guilty.
    NotActive NotActive 18-21, M Oct 9

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    From the moment i awoke tears have streamed down my face, i avoided my whole entire day and every problem and responsibility in it just feeling completly sad, bummed whatever, no...
    Smiletoday33 Smiletoday33 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 8

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    I've been depressed for quite awhile now I sleep pretty much all day, I'm just constantly so tired, then I feel guilty for sleeping the day away when I could have been hanging out...
    freeebird freeebird 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    For some unknown reason :(
    HisDaysAreNumbered HisDaysAreNumbered 18-21, M 3 days ago

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    "Just Once" I did my best But I guess my best wasn't good enough Cause here we are Back where we were before Seems nothin' ever changes We're back to being strangers Wondering if...
    zoiera zoiera 26-30, F Oct 6

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    Of course! News and politics rarely change. But music is the soundtrack to your life! So when I hear the Beatles or Shirley Bassey or Manfred man, I'm reminded of when I was small...
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M Oct 6

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    been listening to George Straight tonight... somehow, his music lifts me up, even though... I know... it's country... I can't explain it... *grins*      ...
    SKiesterly SKiesterly 36-40, F 4 Responses Oct 12

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    Nintendo, Sega Master System, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Neo Geo, Nintendo 64, Playstation, Gameboy...
    psycopower90 psycopower90 22-25, M 4 days ago

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    I don't know what to say........
    nealbrute nealbrute 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Especially when the spinoff causes some serious collateral damage on others. The actions are only ever carried out in the form of words, they are not deliberate to cause doubt or...
    ManUp56 ManUp56 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    1. I have two brothers and two sisters. 2. I'm the second youngest in my family. 3. I have two best friends and we end up doing the weirdest things together like dancing to...
    channy205 channy205 16-17, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    RandomDudeFriend RandomDudeFriend 18-21, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I share a computer with my dad and brother tho :P I may possibly change my password daily to keep people off of my ****. Its not like i even have anything on there. Whenever i...
    CanYouHearTheSilence CanYouHearTheSilence 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Well I have researched and experienced my fair share of heartbreaks and breakups. Many desperate souls (the dumpee) will be the one left helpless and constantly searching and...
    WideOcean WideOcean 36-40 Oct 3

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    I have always looked around and observed those who are my friends, family, peers, just strangers nearby, stories, articles and experiences. These days, apparently, everyone's...
    turtlemonster turtlemonster 16-17, F Oct 4

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    October 6. Taking Care of Ourselves. It's healthy, wise, and loving to be considerate and responsive to the feelings and needs of others. That's different from caretaking...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F Oct 6

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    1. My name is Chris. 2. I am 39 years old. 3. I do everything left handed except playing guitar. 4. I have Schizo Affective Disorder 5. I also have Asthma 6. I used to smoke...
    AnAutumnWind AnAutumnWind 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 10

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    I've always fantasized about that perfect life, perfect husband and perfect family. I'm only 18, I know, too young to be thinking about all of that but who doesn't think about love...
    destiny0710 destiny0710 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 29

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    October 5. Knowledge. Learn to let yourself be guided into truth. We will know what we need to know, when we need to know that. We don't have to feel badly about taking our own...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F Oct 5

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    I think it's more "I feel anxious in a room full of people." I don't know why, but I just do. Whenever there's a gathering, or even that I have to be in a crowd, I feel all...
    lonelydinosaur lonelydinosaur 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 27

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    I was very saddened after hearing about what happened to Robert Patterson's new gf, who is a mixed black woman. A lot of people were so unhappy about this coupling, they decided to...
    KiannaJ KiannaJ 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 29

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    How to Find Out About Someone's Sex Life edits by: PoliceExperiment, Andrew (see all) Every been curious about someone's sex life and you know it's off limits to talk about? but...
    policeExperiment policeExperiment 22-25 Oct 2

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    But that doesn't mean I'd deny people from messaging me ...I mean I would like to keep in close contact with those people I find more connected with...which doesn't imply any moral...
    TheShalottLady TheShalottLady 61-65, F 1 Response Sep 23

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    Do I need to snap out of it? This is lengthy, but I feel like all of the advice I’ve been given by friends and family is based on incomplete information. I’m prone to poor...
    2JustBe 2JustBe 26-30, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    This is a little more of a current issue then an experience. Anyways, single guy here which is fine at most times. The other time I just get really sunk in feelings. I'm not a...
    sbomber25 sbomber25 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 29

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    Being cautious comes into it,but when all is said and done,I occasionally meet someone I sincerely think is an OK kind of person,and I AM afraid to let them get close.Half the...
    KurMujun KurMujun 18-21, M Sep 30

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    I think this is an issue many women have gone through some time in their life. When I was young I hated the way that I looked I was the tall scrawny looking girl in my elementary...
    Morenita79 Morenita79 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 24

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    Actually I want to see if I can think of 100 things to share - 1) I am the baby of my family 2) I have gray eyes 3) I am 5' 7" 4) I crochet prayer shawls 5) I miss my dad every...
    thescarletibis thescarletibis 41-45, F 5 Responses Oct 2

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    I really don't understand what's wrong with me. Imma lazy perfectionist who doesn’t give a **** about anything but at the same time cares too much about everything .. If that...
    lostwithin25 lostwithin25 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Two weeks ago I went to that scanning I mentioned, and I was diagnosed with depression and some anxiety. I almost didn't go in to get scanned because I was nervous and afraid, but...
    ofnoimportance ofnoimportance 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    I feel guilty for not letting my son's dad see him. I was letting him watch our son on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays when I work 2nd shift but I'm not anymore. He's an...
    FreedomtoFly FreedomtoFly 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 22

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    ever since ive had my abortion it has changed me for the worst. im not the same person as i use to be. my day to day life has different patterns of mood swings. ive gone from a...
    cjay89 cjay89 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 23