I Want to Be the Real Me

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    Since I was a child I had an idea in my head

    that I needed to be perfect. I have no idea why. It's not something that my parents consciously encouraged. I never cared if people liked me, I just didn't want to be disliked. I'm afraid of the consequences of just being myself so I'm extremely quiet and introverted. I'm really...
    thelastunicorn thelastunicorn
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jun 15, 2014


    I feel like I always have to act a certain way for people to like me. I try to really be me with them but its not. I am terrified that they wont like me or will treat me differently. I dont think enough but too much all at once.
    arkangel041984 arkangel041984
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 10, 2013

    I Prefer To Be

    I laughed aloud when this group was suggested to me when I logged onto EP today for the first time after a very long absence. I wondered if someone was watching behind the screen of my IPad insinuating, instigating and/or urging me to join in this group. I don't wish to be the...
    Duchessforthright Duchessforthright
    7 Responses Mar 7, 2012

    The picture isn't really me

    and I am hoping everyone that I have talked to will accept it and now I am ready to show the real me.
    SingleLikeAPringle19 SingleLikeAPringle19
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Dec 26, 2013

    With Everyone Eventually

        ~ It takes a lot of trust & love on my part. I am mostly me here on EP. I am all me with one friend. But in my day to day life, no I'm not really me. At least I don't think I am. I spend most of my time wondering what to say or if I should be acting some other...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 12, 2009

    Maybe its the plight of many teens,

    but When I think about it I don't know who I really am. I can tell you who I'm trying hard to be, but I don't think that it's the real me. I tend toward the shy, retiring, loner side of myself buried in self-pity. But I strive to be outgoing, friendly, empathetic. The longer...
    9minute 9minute
    18-21, M
    Mar 16, 2016

    Break The Mask That Hides My Identity

    I want to be the real me, i really do. i hide who i am, i guess so i wont get hurt., so i pretend to be something, anything I'm not. i know i can be happy, and laugh and joke around and have fun. i know i can be shy, timid and unapproachable. i know i can be serious, mean and...
    FlyAwayDreamer18 FlyAwayDreamer18
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 10, 2010


    I feel like I'm trapped inside myself. I know how I am on the inside and who I want to be... Its just really hard because I have depression and anxiety. I always second guess myself and don't know how to trust myself or others. I don't know how to express myself and I'm always...
    RoziePanda12 RoziePanda12
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 4, 2013

    The Real Me Exposed

    I want to be the real me, but the real me is buried under this self conscious image of what the world expects me to be. Hell, I don't even know what my real name is. For years I hid the real me in my writings, and exposed the real me to those I was closest with. Many have loved...
    TheLoneCharles TheLoneCharles
    26-30, M
    May 12, 2012
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