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I Say I Don't, But Actually I Do Care What Others Think Of Me

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    It Takes Practice

    I think it takes practice not to care. I'm getting better at it through the years. Some of it is slowly realizing that most people who think badly of me either don't know me and are making assumptions or they're idiots and I don't care what they think. I've also come to the...
    Tamytha Tamytha 36-40, F Feb 26, 2012

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    Well..

    I claim i dont care what people think of me, but i actually do care what people think of me weather its being emotional, unstable, crazy, a weirdo, or whatever it may be...i dont like being judged and some people judge me before even knowing and talking to me and it hurts...
    MissUnperfect MissUnperfect 22-25, F Mar 14, 2011

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    I Do Seek Others Approval..

    No one wants to be hated or disliked. I do care about what others think of me, because I am sensitive.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F Apr 29, 2013

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    Wasn't Brave.

    I always say I don't  care what other people think. They don't feed me. They don't lead my life. etc. etc. But the truth is, I do care alot. I actually care more about what other people think of me than what I really think about myself. I act tough in front of everybody else...
    aliascinco aliascinco 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 15, 2011

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    ...

    I act like I don't care, hell I ever say, I don't care, but Deep down, I really do care.....
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 3, 2011

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    Patience

    There was a guy at the office, I knew him since he was a junior. One morning, early in his career, he stood up to say that he was here to reach the top. It was a strange thing to proclaim. He was not stupid and he continued to promote himself discreetly and in the old fashioned...
    moreandless moreandless 56-60, M 6 Responses Jun 21, 2010

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    It Couldn't Be More True.

    I have always acted differently around other people, like I've always wanted them to see me in a certain way. Cool with everyone and everything and nothing can affect me because I am solid as a rock, but truthfully on the inside I care a lot about what others think of me, and I...
    iamalexa iamalexa 26-30, T 2 Responses Jan 22, 2012

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    Unfortunately...

    I only realised this a few weeks ago. I had bought some new clothes, and with any new thing when you wear it out for the first time, it feels like they are betraying you behind your back. Anyway, for the first time, I consciously thought "Hmm, this makes me look quite...
    Subjugate Subjugate 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 17, 2010

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    Sometimes People’s Attitudes Get To Me

    I generally try to maintain an attitude of objectivity when it comes to EP and the questions and responses that I submit. I expect people to take ‘shots’ at me because the simple act of being visible can make me a target, and I realize that. However, every now and then...
    fishsweeper fishsweeper 51-55, F 1 Response Sep 8, 2012

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    Somewhere I Got Lost

    It's exactly what this group is. I say I don't care but in all reality, it is all I think about sometimes. I think it's just that I need to feel that acceptance from everyone. Because when no one is there I'm not good enough, I need to be better. So I try to better myself to be...
    Everviolet Everviolet 18-21, F Dec 5, 2011

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    So True

    Internally I can feel every eye on me as I stroll in public. So many times and experiences have passed were I should have enjoyed a moment, but couldn't because I was worried what others would think. Why should I care what a stranger that i'll never see again may possibly think...
    day2day46 day2day46 46-50, M Jul 29, 2013

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    When People Are Obnoxious

    I was raised to believe that I should never do or say anything to another person that I wouldn't want said or done to me. Of course, I've transgressed this upbringing many times... And I'm sure that there are many people on EP who would agree! As an MBA (Master of Business...
    fishsweeper fishsweeper 51-55, F 1 Response Jun 12, 2012

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    Very True

    i say i don't care what other people think of me. But the fact is i do care. I care if people think i am a monster and weak , pathonic ignorante *******. i try and act hard and not care but i do care and i have ended up crying myself to sleep silently becuase of people hating me...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 30, 2010

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    Guilty....

    I act like I don't care, hell I ever say, I don't care, but Deep down, I really do care.....
    xSilentlySufferingx xSilentlySufferingx 18-21, F May 26, 2010

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    ChrisAlexgirl ChrisAlexgirl 13-15, F May 5

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    Do I want to be liked? Sure. It's preferable. Am I willing to be something or do something or miss out on something in the hopes of gaining approval? No. I make an effort to be...
    justNIK justNIK 41-45, F 9 Responses May 8

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    I care what others think if their opinion is of significance to me. Meaning if I care about them. Whether it be friendship, family, or more, if it's a stranger that is being rude...
    Sniper3kitty Sniper3kitty 18-21, F 1 Response May 2

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    i **** my mom off so easy with this. i have never understood the need to be accepted or care about others opinions and whenever i say that my mom goes berzerk. i dont get it.
    Idioticnerd Idioticnerd 16-17, M May 10

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    Don't avoid me because I don't fit neatly into one of you boxes. Don't fear me because I'm different. Don't give up on me because I can't be swayed easily. Don't spread rumors...
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    Don’t carry the weight of the world and don’t make the world carry your weight.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F 1 Response May 7

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    Don't try to be someone else. Show people all the reasons to love you for you.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F 2 Responses May 7

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    Don't squeeze yourself into someone else's box. Break the walls down, drive into the sunset, and build your own beach mansion.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F 1 Response May 7

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    No one else can limit you. You’re limiting yourself by letting others limit you.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    because I've learned that caring about only yourself and what makes you happy is truly the only thing that matters. and of course your best friend.
    kushhqueen kushhqueen 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 28

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    Stop wasting time worrying what other people want from you and do what you want because when everyone else is gone, that's all that'll matter.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F 2 Responses May 7

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    What makes you you? You choose.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    Working for power or popularity won’t get you basic human respect, just grey and wrinkles.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    It’s not progress if our world is getting so toxic we can’t breathe.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    There are no reserved seats in real life.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    I like being different. It gives me a chance to surprise people.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    Fight or flight huh? I choose fight.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    Embrace the gift of choice. Make your own meaning.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    add me on snapchat @keirra_50
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 10

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    eally don't know how to express this but I've actually feel comfortable enough to even post this! My life right now is not as pleasant as it should or could be! I'm a 28 yr old...
    TewTewLove TewTewLove 26-30, F 7 Responses Apr 25

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    Rich in spirit Since the beginning of time, I don't think I even thought about what people thought about me. I just couldn't understand why they would. See. I was considered an...
    NaomiSoulJourney NaomiSoulJourney 31-35, F May 7

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    Everyday Life You’re embarrassed to let anyone see what’s going on. You feel the need to put up a façade. You don’t want to admit you’re struggling with everyday life...
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    I'm 19, I was raised to respect and obey my parents as long as I lived under their roof, so that's what I am doing. Being forced to go to church (Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's...
    behavedmisfit behavedmisfit 18-21, F 10 Responses 2 days ago

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    “Fun Fact. You’re Crazy.” I don’t even know how many times I’ve been called crazy. People have asked if I have just about every disorder in the book. I’m sick of...
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    Too right . I really don't care I have to many other things to deal with
    gallagher1969 gallagher1969 46-50, F 1 Response May 7

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    Everyone has rough patches. Just don't let em define you.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    Popularity is nothing if you don’t do something good with it.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F May 7

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    Don’t judge my shoes until you’ve walked a mile in them.
    kiarrafire kiarrafire 18-21, F 1 Response May 7

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    EVERYTHING has to do with self respect. If you don't have self respect then you might as well give a sh!t about everything.
    ssr2644 ssr2644 22-25, M 1 Response May 8