I M Afraid to Open Up to People

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 151 People

    Scared And Frozen

    Hi everyone, growing up in school, I really didn't have any friends. I started new school in 3'rd grade and the kids useto pick on me, and make fun of me all time. When I went to high school, I decided that I was gonna stay as invisable as possible. I never got picked on, but...
    shylady79 shylady79
    31-35, F
    Jan 4, 2011


    People react negatively to my attitude. My attitude is reserved because I expect people to act negatively towards me. It's so difficult to end the cycle and open up when I'm so used to people acting towards me with distaste.
    spinesoup spinesoup
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 15, 2012

    Men. Confusing?

    It's not that I'm afraid to open up to people, I'm quite the opposite, but its different with guys. I always get this feeling that I can't escape? A couple of days ago I was in a sticky situation with this boy. I never made out before and he was pressuring me too, but i didn't...
    Messedup13 Messedup13
    Jun 12, 2011

    Closed Off And Shut Down...

    Hi, my name is Pierre, and I am deathly afraid to open up to people. It is even hard to write my story about not being able to open up to people. I have long been like this, since childhood (I am 40 now), but in the last 6 months it has gotten to be worse than ever. I am not sure...
    thebodge thebodge
    2 Responses Mar 17, 2011

    I Want To Be Able To Open Up More To My Friends...

    I have a lot of very close friends in my life that are like family to me. I love them dearly. For some reason I have no problem saying that on here, but I cant seem to emotionally open up to them in reality. I think because I grew up in a very stoic, non loving family I have...
    liveonce liveonce
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 23, 2010

    How Much Is Too Much

    The wall that keeps me safe is hidden well. It shall not fall easily. I myself am afraid of the torrent of feelings that will gush forth if penetrated. I have said too much. I shall begin to rebuild at once.    
    Sprite Sprite
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Jun 13, 2007

    I Wish I Could Have Been a Better Friend

    Reading all of these stories have made me realize that i'm not the only one out there facing this. but that's how i always feel. i feel that i have to face things on my own. when there is something in my life that is troubling me, it's not my friends i go to. on the contrary i do...
    MarciMadden MarciMadden
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 17, 2007

    Its Hard!

    I dont know why i dont open up to others. Its just hard to know what would people say and how hard would i feel. Well, i kept all of my fears and secrets to myself and i really dont open up. The burden has gotten big and it has affected me very much. It is too heavy to cary. :(
    lostintime43v3r lostintime43v3r
    1 Response Feb 14, 2009

    I can't open up to people.

    I want to tell them about my feelings. They thought I couldn't trust them when actually I just don't know how to open up.
    laura2612 laura2612
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 26, 2016

    My Problem Is....

    I have a hard time opening up to people I want to be in a relationship with. I can sit and talk to my friends for hours on end about my life and how I feel, yet I can't tell anyone I am interested in anything. I dread it when I am asked "how do you feel about me?" I always...
    Parasitic Parasitic
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Sep 26, 2010

    I'm Sure Some People Feel This Way

    I find that I have to put a lid on what I really want to say to people.  Sure, I understand the necessity of filter one's thoughts before they speak them out.  But I have many intimate things to share with many of the people around me.    Without it...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Sep 22, 2009


    That they will know I do not think like everybody else and simply not the same as most people will think. Also, that I will be rejected simply making me feel bad and bash myself because of that.
    asert12345678 asert12345678
    31-35, M
    Feb 3, 2013

    I Stay Afraid Of Interacting

    I have this problem since childhood of not being able to open up. I dont know whats wtong with me, but everyone around me keeps saying that i should open up, should interact more, should make more friends, etc. But i am just not able to do this things. A very depressing incident...
    karwajay karwajay
    1 Response Dec 17, 2011

    At Arm's Length

    Its painfully obvious to everyone that I am not good at opening up and sharing. One of my co-workers recently informed me that I literally physically withdraw from any group that begins talking about anything personal. I have walls. I don't like letting anyone close. Tonight I...
    eyes eyes
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Nov 12, 2007

    People Call Me Sweethearted And Mature, But...

    Peel it all back and I'm ugly and angry and callous.When I was young I was very outgoing and personable. Adults would faun over me because I was cute and intelligent and I just ate up their compliments. But my parents moved around a lot, always looking for a better job and a...
    DoctorNobody DoctorNobody
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Apr 23, 2012

    I'm Scared It Will Always Be This Way

    Right now, I'm in a dark place emotionally. I feel completely disconnected from the world. I hate the people around me. My so called family has only ever brought me pain. I'm not trying to sound woe is me everybody pity me, and I realize that there are people out there who have...
    moviesareforever29 moviesareforever29
    1 Response May 3, 2011

    Nothing scares me more

    than the thought of a person seeing the most vulnerable side of me.
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Feb 2, 2014
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