I Sabotage Myself Regularly

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    I live in squaller. I think I do it on purpose

    so I can blame poverty for not finding any success as an artist
    AndreiTarkovsky AndreiTarkovsky
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

    Yep, I Do, Not Regularly Thoug...

    Yep, I do, not regularly though. But I do do it. I sabotage potential relationships, and budding friendships because I don't want to disappoint anyone, or let anyone down.  With friendships/relationships, come expectations, and I'm not one to live up to those expectations. I...
    Wombles Wombles
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Dec 30, 2006

    Sad Cycle

    I emotionally beat myself up and criticize myself for every little thing. "Could I have said that better?" / "Did I do something to make them dislike me?" / "Does he think I'm terrible?" / "Maybe I shouldn't have said that?" I wish I could...
    paperalias paperalias
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jun 4, 2008

    Need To Look For Jobs More, But...

    I graduated about a month ago, and need to look for full-time employment--one that'll pay the bills as well as Sally Mae, ya know? I've sent out atleast 50 resumes within the last 3 months. I'm still looking around, but for some reason when I seem to be close to the finish line...
    RitaRee RitaRee
    22-25, F
    Jun 5, 2011

    I sabotage my personal relationships,

    a lot! I am very outgoing. I tend to meet new people everywhere I go. I talk a lot and at the same time, I know a lot of things. People naturally gravitate towards me so I have no problem getting dates despite not looking like I just stepped out of a Victoria's Secret catalogue...
    carlyistortious carlyistortious
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 21, 2014

    Really Frustrated With Self

    I just regularly self sabotage myself and I am at a huge level of frustration and feeling like a failure in this world. I do it with Money constantly. I have dream of buying a home. My whole life money has been tight and hard to come by. I made some huge mistakes years ago and...
    jen9842 jen9842
    41-45, F
    1 Response Aug 2, 2012

    Sabotage Is Subconscious

    Good to know that with 39 other people in this group I'm not the only self-sabotager.  It's something that took me a while to understand about myself.  I think it is subconscious b/c I don't go around telling myself that I don't want success or that I don't deserve it...
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton
    41-45, M
    1 Response May 16, 2007

    All to Myself

    I do it all the time all by myself.  I don't need any help.  I criticize.  I fear. I worry.  I love too much and too strongly.  Hold onto the thought of entertaining a man.  I can pretty much always find a way to send him running, a gift I guess...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Sep 5, 2008
    Pather2013 Pather2013
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Jan 7

    I Want To Know The First Step To Stop Self Sabotage.

    I sabotage myself regularly. I just start trying, I tell myself that I cannot do it, someone like you does not deserve this, only the well-off will be a will to do this, and my personal favorite, who in the hell do you think you're kidding. I really want to go back to school. I...
    poohbear90 poohbear90
    18-21, M
    1 Response Oct 19, 2011

    If You Mean Do  I Make Mi...

    If you mean do  I make misakes on purpose or fail to learn from them quick enough? Yep.
    insomnia2007 insomnia2007
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Dec 30, 2006

    And I Know Why

    when I was a child, I showed a lot of potential for a lot of things.  my mom always told me, "if you do learn the piano, you'll have to practice every day, or else you'll lose it all."  "you need to draw all of the time or you'll lose that ability...
    SeraphicWannabe SeraphicWannabe
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 28, 2008

    Over And Over

    I keep messing the one thing that means anything to me up. I am so much in love with Jason and everytime I get things going great I do something stupid, always while I'm on Xanax and mess it up. Right now I am trying to fix the last time I totally went and screwed everything up...
    Steener2492 Steener2492
    26-30, F
    Dec 6, 2010


    Maybe not regularly, but more and more often. Especially now. I really need to stop it but I can't seem to do so.
    NotKLA NotKLA
    18-21, M
    Apr 2, 2010

    But I'm Learning From It

    I'm so ready to leave this behind me. I've made mistakes in the past, have pushed people away and have let good opportunities pass me by. But I'm leaving this behind and I've learned from my mistakes and some of my mistakes were simply innoccent ones, some were done out of fear...
    moonlitReveries moonlitReveries
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 27, 2009

    Never Intentionally, But I Usu...

    Never intentionally, but I usually end up making stupid mistakes that have huge consequences.
    LadyOfTheRaven LadyOfTheRaven
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 29, 2006

    I struggle back and forth on whether

    or not my attempts to seek comfort from my partner are self sabotage or strength and my refusal to give up completely and just be like the rest of the world. A safe, healthy and understanding place to vent and be validated... fully acknowledged for my thoughts & feelings in...
    HerDuality HerDuality
    31-35, F
    Jan 8

    Dont Know How This Habbit Started

    I never used to be this way. I don't know how it happened. :( I'm scared as to how its going to effect me in my future.
    RitaRee RitaRee
    22-25, F
    May 24, 2011

    Slo Mo No Going Fast No Mo

    I am of the same as maybe a few hopefully some of you. Lol. I just git off the pot squeeking one iut for the gipper. I just am in awe of my own personal Dan Fielding-esque defense attorney who wore a leather jacket in to court and in all his grandiosity this character defective...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 11, 2011

    This just reminded me of a trick question i fell

    for yesterday while over at my S/O.
    RandomExistence RandomExistence
    16-17, M
    Feb 25


    Sabotage,I do it,Don't know why,Seems to happen,Every now and then,One day,I'll learn,Not to do it.
    lazycrazybasket lazycrazybasket
    46-50, M
    Oct 4, 2011

    I Never Shoot Myself In the Fo...

    I never shoot myself in the foot DELIBERATLEY
    gardyngrrrl gardyngrrrl
    41-45, F
    Jan 22, 2007

    Stupidly and Stubbornly

    i leave work until the last minute, i make myself think the worst of a situation sometimes, i stay up all night and waste the next day, i have bad attendance because im so tired because i have such an irregular sleeping pattern, take stupid risks i just wont learn from mistakes
    pixiedust pixiedust
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Jan 14, 2007

    I Can't Help It!

    Maybe its because I try too much, then giveup fast! I always manage to sabotage myself and what I do. I work hard on things and then, boom, I somehow think I am not good enough, or what's the point, and I destroy things. Only after all is lost I see how I could have achieved my...
    LordVoldemort LordVoldemort
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Jan 19, 2009

    Someone Stop Me Please!!

    i am insisting on making  someone i care about mad at me.( i was practicing tough love with a problelm he's having. i suck at tough love i suppose. lol)   i guess since others i have cared about deeply have bailed. if i run him off, then i am not sitting here waiting for it...
    darlinsam darlinsam
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 6, 2011

    Or I Can Dare to Live

    This topic fascinates me.  Think about it.  Why would we screw ourselves over when there's plenty of people ready and willing to keep us down? So I'll try to keep on point and address just what it means for me.   I must have a need to mess up good things...
    SeriouslySappy SeriouslySappy
    51-55, F
    13 Responses Oct 2, 2009


    I think my problem is low self esteem, and confidence. whenever I get close to being happy in my life I ruin it whether subconsciously or not. I don't feel like I deserve to be happy so I make myself unhappy.
    Peep22 Peep22
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 5, 2010

    did it again today. made a small problem huge.

    and now the lies only make it worse. I won't be able to juggle the lies and so it will all come crashing down.
    shallowdrowning shallowdrowning
    26-30, F
    May 26, 2015

    I Run Away From Being Happy

    I'm REALLY happy with my on-again/off-again boyfriend. We have been through alot together. The reason we have been off and on is because i sabotage us. He's even said "it seems like everytime things start going for us you go off and do something-why" and i dont know why...
    firefly21 firefly21
    22-25, F
    Mar 30, 2009

    I Do This Too...

    Sooo, I'm new to the EP, but not new to this behavior. I'm actually sabotaging myself right now. I work from home, which is what I should have been doing since 9pm yet I sat at my desk, put on my headset logged in. Instead of working I sat there thinking about how much I didn't...
    browneyedgirl1980 browneyedgirl1980
    1 Response Jul 1, 2011

    Why Not Learn?

    I know I'm going to screw my maths-a-levels up if I don't learn. And so far I didn't learn anything. And somehow I feel that I know ... that I won't.
    GothGrrrl GothGrrrl
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 4, 2007

    Unfortunately Yes, I Wish I Wa...

    unfortunately yes, I wish I was more clear thinking.
    elliemoomoo elliemoomoo
    22-25, F
    Dec 30, 2006

    All the F***ing Time.  If...

    All the f***ing time.  If anyone can give me some clues as to why, that would be great.
    Whatever Whatever
    26-30, M
    Jan 22, 2007

    Fear of Failure, Perhaps?

    all i have to do is make a phone call, put it in the mailbox, sign it, or whatever the case may be.  but i just don't do it.  why? it's not as if i'm lazy.  it's not as if i want the additional stress to deal with.  it's not like i enjoy this.  but why...
    AbbyNormal AbbyNormal
    31-35, F
    3 Responses May 28, 2007

    Oh I Do, Everyday

     I am leaving for Philadelphia in two days.  I am starting a new chapter in my life.  Am I excited?  Sort of... I find it very hard to allow myself to be happy sometimes- most of the time.     I'm tired of taking antidepressants, tired of all...
    apencilfornow apencilfornow
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Oct 27, 2008

    This is a very old life long habit I have

    and the scary part is that this habit might live longer than me. I have stopped all of them due to a heart condition and yes my self sabotaging habits caused it. My self sabotaging behaviour has a variety of ways to attack me. I am not an angry person but I do have a lot of...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 24


    Today.  I had a list, things to be done, places to go.  Swimmingly.Then I went to get my wallet from my bag.Then from my jacket.Then from my car.Then from under the sofa.Then from everywhere else it might be in the house.Then phoned the place I was last, last evening.Then...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan
    3 Responses Jun 18, 2011

    I Used To But I Don't Any ...

    I used to but i don't any more.
    CorderGurl09 CorderGurl09
    16-17, F
    Dec 30, 2006

    Self Destruction

    I think it's depression that makes me do it, or a fear of failing. I find I make self destructive choices, my family says I can't finish anything. Which I guess I prove them right because everything I start, no matter how good it's going, I end it, abruptly. I just hit this...
    fiveminutestillbedtime fiveminutestillbedtime
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 14, 2010

    Talented Yet Troubled

    I have always been regarded as a very creative and talented person, except I am also a very troubled person. I even know Nicholas Cage, Someone who works at Showtime and most recently I even got to talk to Steve Buscemi (my major crush) for the first time. You think that someone...
    Deadlynightshade5 Deadlynightshade5
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Sep 14, 2013

    I Get Bored

    well when im in any kind of program or with friends or new people, when i get bored i have a tendancy to start somthing maybe ill purposly mess something up and ill ruin a friendship or my own work conciously
    rocks3000 rocks3000
    1 Response Aug 1, 2009

    It's My Sad Truth

    I don't want to, I don't really mean to and I don't for the life of me understand why I do it, but I do and it's beginning to become a real inconvenience.
    randomdriftwood randomdriftwood
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 8, 2007

    I Think the Main Problem Is...

    I'm a clutz and I randomly say things that should've been left unsaid. I don't sabotage myself entirely...but...I do it to a point where it's embarrasing
    WalktwoMoons WalktwoMoons
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jan 10, 2009

    All I Needed to Do Was Mail the Damn Thing.

    Today I had the opportunity to send my headshot to a commercial agency to get a meeting on a solid referral, and I didn't, because I'm afraid not only of rejection, but of my own potential for success.
    SarahCampbell SarahCampbell
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 3, 2006

    Yes - I have Often Told&n...

    Yes - I have often told stories about myself that show me in a negative light.  I'm not going to do it any more.
    CrystalCat CrystalCat
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Dec 30, 2006

    Self Destructive

    I'm well aware that I 'sabotage' myself all the time. If things are going too well/good I purposely do something to take that away from myself or mess it up some how. It's usually just mentally/emotionally but can and has become physical in the past. I just don't know why. I don...
    Kottan Kottan
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 13, 2011

    At Least Once A Week

    i don't know why. it just seems like i screw myself over on a regular basis. maybe i just  need to be reminded that i'm not perfect. maybe. but every time i decide i'm going to do something, i shove wrench in it. maybe i'm just so afraid of failure that i destroy my...
    juggalove juggalove
    31-35, F
    1 Response May 20, 2010

    What do you do when 'way too drunk' happens

    every time you drink? I overestimate my limit every. single. time.
    quesahara quesahara
    26-30, F
    Mar 22, 2014

    Reckless With Me.

    Here's what I know: He's bad for me. He's hurt me before. He's still into his ex and not looking for a relationship with anyone. Just fun. I say that I'm not looking for a relationship either and just want to see what happens. But that's not true. I've spent months torturing...
    lostinwunderland lostinwunderland
    18-21, F
    Apr 29, 2011
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