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I Feel Like I'm Not Smart Enough

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    From The Lonely Girl Inside - Not good enough, always making mistakes, these things are all me and I don't know how much more I can take. I try my best to measure up to your rigid...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 41 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    I Feel This Way -    THERE ARE TIMES THAT I DON'T FEEL THAT I'M SMART. ITS KIND OF MAKES FEEL LIKE I'M DUMB OR SOMETHING. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SMART PERSON. WHEN EVER THAT IT...
    acjf acjf 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    My Shoking Story -  i feel am no smart becoz any people no like or love me evone my faimly member sey honey my name honey u know u so uggly am lough and say i know dear somtime i...
    HONEY29 HONEY29 18-21 2 Responses May 18, 2012

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    First Year University Inadequacy... - I'm in my first year of university studying Literature and Philosophy in a very prestigious university in England. It is a great university...
    Deef Deef 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 9, 2012

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    College Blues - I'm in my junior year of college. My boyfriend won't marry me until I get a college degree. I am about to bust at the seams from the pressure to hurry up and...
    Oliviabud Oliviabud 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 29, 2009

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    I am a junior in college. Ive always been an average/above average student. I do my work, study for exams, join clubs...everything that im "supposed" to do. The thing is, I always...
    iwanttochangemyself iwanttochangemyself 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    He's Smart, And I Feel Idiotic - my boyfriend is brilliant, he seems to know everything, and he is a straight A student in college while I'm barley holding a C in some classes. i...
    chantalhuff chantalhuff 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 3, 2010

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    A Let Down - ive alwa knew i wasnt the smartest in the 5th grade my teacher had told me i was on a lower level than everyone else she done this by using her hands to say your on a...
    cracker5381 cracker5381 22-25 3 Responses May 24, 2012

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    He Does This I Do That - my boyfriend is majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering..... i'm majoring in...well..becoming a wedding planner.. when he talks about his...
    iveseenitall iveseenitall 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 24, 2008

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    Not Smart - I am tired of feeling this way and not getting people. It seems as if I have no common sense or critical thinking skills and don't graps things easly. I have tired to...
    Tutooi Tutooi 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2009

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    I Don't Feel I Know - I know I'm not smarter than the other people in my class.
    MaryAlias MaryAlias 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2011

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    Society, - Society values smart as having lots of knowledge, of knowing random facts, and being able to pick something up easily with very little practice.Very rarely do we fixate...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 3, 2011

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    Especially When It Comes To... - Especially when it comes to courses that I don't seem to be able to grasp the answers in.
    evilkittymew evilkittymew 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 22, 2009

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    As I age I realize the less I know and the scariest part of realizing how little you know is coming to the realization that you'll never have time to learn everything you want to...
    Patval1933 Patval1933 18-21, M Mar 23

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    College Blues - I'm in my junior year of college. My boyfriend won't marry me until I get a college degree. I am about to bust at the seams from the pressure to hurry up and...
    Oliviabud Oliviabud 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 29, 2009

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    School - I am dreading my final exams.. I really need somebody to teach me additional science.. And CIRCLE THEOREMS. I'm sick of getting frustrated with my work and fighting back...
    troubledbody troubledbody 13-15, F Oct 2, 2013

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    I Don't Feel Smart But I Know I Am - I know that I really am smart. I get good test scores and have a high GPA in a STEM magnet program. I just feel so stupid, though. The people...
    MelthanaLynn MelthanaLynn 18-21 1 Response Jul 19, 2013

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    I Used To Be The One With All The Answers... - But now that I'm in an environment of academically advanced folks, I feel like I'm lagging. Even though at work I'm surrounded by...
    alizie alizie 22-25, F 5 Responses Oct 1, 2010

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    They Make Me Feel Like It -  the customers and some co workers make me feel that i am not smart enough for my job . or thati  will never become what i want to do . and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 26, 2009

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    Feel Stupid - I have been is school for a long time and have worked very hard, but I feel like I’m not smart enough. Yes, I have maintained my GPA, but don’t feel as though I...
    chicks42 chicks42 46-50 1 Response Aug 25, 2012

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    I'm Smart, But... - I used to think I was smart. I would be able to figure things out before anyone else, I worked hard, got good grades. I was proud of myself and felt great about...
    redgreenblueyellow redgreenblueyellow 13-15 1 Response Oct 1, 2012

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    Confidence - I have grown up with best friends whome have all exceeded in school with principles honor roll, scholarships, and great opportunities handed to them. My grades in...
    TayG TayG 18-21 2 Responses Jul 7, 2011

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    I Use The Right Side Of My Brain - i have always used the right side of my brain.. you know, the more thoughtful, creative and subjective one.. and basically everyone i know works...
    SpoonFullofSugar11 SpoonFullofSugar11 18-21 3 Responses Jan 30, 2013

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    A Dream I Feel I Can't Reach, -  I have always loved music and I actually have a natural talent for guitar and singing, so I was looking up colleges that I want...
    fwee3 fwee3 18-21, F 5 Responses Sep 1, 2009

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    The only time I know that I'm not a stupid person is when I got high grades in my secondary school, and was awarded a bursary for it. However, I did not put much thought about what...
    zer01 zer01 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    Is It Me? - My boyfriend and I have been having communication problems. He told me for the past month i've been "negitive" towards him and less intrested. When he told me this i...
    chelly42 chelly42 18-21 1 Response Aug 12, 2012

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    I've always struggled with this. I always feel like I'm not a good enough friend, not a good enough spouse, not a good sister, not a good enough student, not a good enough person...
    MadameMM MadameMM 26-30, F 11 Responses Mar 27

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    I feel like I'm just stupid. I make mistakes and people don't want to be my friend. I feel like I'm just doing things wrong in life and I'll never get anywhere because I'm not good...
    CaptainBenza CaptainBenza 18-21, M 4 Responses Apr 8

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    I feel like I owe my old friends an apology. I feel like I’m the reason a lot of my past relationships haven’t worked out. I feel like I’m always wasting time...
    moorelove3168 moorelove3168 18-21 16 hrs ago

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    Whenever I think about being free outside, my heart beats in excitement. But of course I can't go outside half of the time. While typing this, I feel like I like literally feel...
    PureWhiteMoonlight PureWhiteMoonlight 16-17, F Mar 18

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    I ended a relationship with a girl who loved me, without explanation, suddenly, and after too fast a build-up. I've since moved cities twice and started a new career, starting...
    JonWinter JonWinter 36-40, M Apr 7

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    I somehow feel trapped...and I also honestly feel like I can't escape...or perhaps never escape. I just want to P-Shift and run out of my horrible life that I have to live and deal...
    PureWhiteMoonlight PureWhiteMoonlight 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 18

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    Since a little girl I have felt like I'm not from planet Earth. Stars, Planets, Lights, Space, etc.. has all been apart of my soul. My mind & heart feel spiritual & like many women...
    zbabi3 zbabi3 22-25, F Mar 18

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    I feel like I could burst. Now that I'm about 407 pounds roughly, whenever I wear tighter clothes (quite often now because of how quick I gain) I feel like I could burst. All this...
    FatExplodingBelly FatExplodingBelly 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 19

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    I have a work colleague who I didn't think I liked at first because she would always talk over the top of me and felt like she didn't really listen to me. I try get along with...
    Pinkfluffypen Pinkfluffypen 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 17

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    I hate that this is a topic. Nobody should ever have to feel like this. And I know it's easy to just say, "oh well you're good enough don't worry," but it's another thing to...
    kxCobra kxCobra 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    I'm not good enough I'll just never understand why I'm not good enough, I try my hardest at everything but it's never good enough.
    charlie4edwards charlie4edwards 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    I guess I'm just not good enough to be in my mom's life. I guess I caused to much misery and stress for her to at least say that she "loves" me and actually mean it. I guess...
    MaddieMoo14 MaddieMoo14 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I'm overweight and my self confidence is low but I don't hate my body. I'm 5'8" and weigh 375 lbs I've had this question stuck on my mind a lot lately because I've noticed that all...
    fgarci04 fgarci04 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    I'm over here depressed as hell and she's too busy playing video games to even notice..
    XxSaintsEyesxX XxSaintsEyesxX 16-17, M 4 Responses Mar 28

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    I feel like **** right now.
    littlemeonly littlemeonly 13-15, F a week ago

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    People say there is no such thing as middle child syndrome but sometimes I can't help think that maybe it could be true. I am middle to two brothers and the only girl. I have...
    Clagerag Clagerag 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    Is this feeling mine or have I been made to feel like it?!? Has anyone been in this situation . I am constantly in battle. I can only do to the best of my ability knowing that it...
    saeed78 saeed78 31-35, M Mar 31

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    I have felt things in the past couple of months that I can't explain. And then in the last few weeks I have been bombarded with accident ( both to me and to others ). I am not...
    noreic123 noreic123 41-45, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Just let everyone know don't message me if u above 29 I won't answer I'm sick if getting messages from older ppl it's gross
    lovesmakeup lovesmakeup 22-25, F 15 hrs ago

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    I am never happy. Yes, I may smile, but deep inside I am just never in a good mood. I stay depressed and sad. I work full time, but I do not make enough to live on my own or pay...
    berlynn20 berlynn20 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    "Perfectionism can feel like a friend who you think is encouraging you but is actually the enemy within, the perfectionist bully inside your head, undermining all your achievements...
    mfpf mfpf 31-35, F Mar 26

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    They are heartless humans ******* one to other they say they have feelings then why do they do bad for other being.selfishness Money Sex Hungry...
    vilgaxabhi129 vilgaxabhi129 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 19

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    After having this feeling oftenly, I realized that you are not alone. You only feel lonely. All you need is a hug😊💕
    allisonslim allisonslim 22-25, F Mar 28

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    Ever since 2 or 3 years ago, I've felt something very odd about myself. It was almost as if another part of me wanted something. I then started to get these weird feelings...that...
    PureWhiteMoonlight PureWhiteMoonlight 16-17, F 4 Responses Mar 19

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    Yesterday I thought that I could have m-shifted. But I stopped myself. lol. I like literally think that I'm gonna need to shift anytime soon. If somebody could give me some tips...
    PureWhiteMoonlight PureWhiteMoonlight 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    I Have been with my girlfriend for about 6 months now and she has a little girl from her previous relationship. The little girls dad is in jail and has been there for the past 2...
    jboy1967 jboy1967 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 30