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I Wonder What People Really See

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    When people look at me I wonder

    if they see things all the same as each other or differently. I'm "Anny" to my friends (2) who accept my really big and obvious problems. I like them. I'm 'Freak', 'Spaz', 'mental', 'nutter', or other less imaginative names to most of the kids at school. I see the looks on...
    Andwen Andwen 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 17

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    People Often Lack Introspection But...

    I have always kind of hoped I would meet a kindred spirit that views people as more than the mere sum of their parts. Someone who could delve into the very essence of my being. Someone that looks beyond the obvious and can discover the treasures that lie beneath the surface...
    ForgottenMuse ForgottenMuse 31-35, F 4 Responses May 3, 2012

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    Blue

    If someone really knew me they would say this too me I look at you And I can see it in your face You think you hide it But I see you I see the hurt The dark circle beneath your eyes And the quiet plea Dancing on your bottom lip Too afraid to be voiced Too afraid to be...
    bubblynng08 bubblynng08 22-25, F 5 Responses May 29, 2013

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    You could surround me with a hundred people

    and I'd still be alone. Distracted, but alone.
    megjane18 megjane18 18-21, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    I Watch...just Watch.

    Most of the time I just wonder if they see what I see with my eyes... I wonder what it would be like to be in their shoes for a while and see this world with a new and different point of view...
    trappedinwonderland trappedinwonderland 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 8, 2011

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    I am only insecure with one guy

    and this bothers me I want to be good enough for him it is killing me
    earthtoashley earthtoashley 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    Im in love with bodybuilding

    and growing bigger and stronger, but i feel like no one really knows me for me:(. I hate it when im aimply metioned as "that buff dude". I'm a person with a name and feelings, come on now.
    josueherrera josueherrera 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 19

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    People think i have a pretty face.

    .? Well its too bad my body doesnt match it. Im "butch" i have wide shoulders, a huge ribcage but im short as ****. Im self conscious but how do you make your shoulders more narrow and your ribcage smaller...? You cant!! Ughhh. I can work out all i want but hows that gonna help...
    OverWorkedWoman OverWorkedWoman 18-21, F 6 Responses Aug 16

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    I always wonder if what I physically see in the

    mirror is the same as what others see when they see me & I always seem to ask whomever I'm hanging out with at the time to point out people with the same body image as myself... Does anybody else do this? Is there a way of conquering this? Its quite a struggle, a really...
    lostbmo lostbmo 26-30, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I also wonder what people think

    when they see me. What do you think?
    ollie27 ollie27 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 19

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    Been played. Attacked.

    Feared. Laughed at. Propositioned. And look in the mirror for why. Dont know yet.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 19

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    The Poetry of Perception

    You may find that person in life that is an exact replica to you, your alternate thumb print so to speak.  But the truth is, we are all individuals and as such our perceptions vary. I know what I see when I look at that plain wall, in the mirror, at 'him', etc.  But...
    AbbyNormal AbbyNormal 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 29, 2007

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    Idk I kinda feel really ugly.

    ..I've never had a boyfriend, no one has ever called me cute or hot. Only a few girls have called me pretty...
    shibaunu shibaunu 13-15, F 7 Responses Aug 19

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    When I look in the mirror I see some sort of

    beauty, when I step outside my door I see nasty glances and I hear harsh words from family to strangers and it make my confidence go so low I just want to lock my door and hide.
    Fatimatam Fatimatam 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 23

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    they probably see a confidant,

    fun, happy, go lucky girl. I also know what they probably don't see the inscure, sad, always faking a smile, girl. They probably would have never guessed.
    foreverandalwaysgoodbye foreverandalwaysgoodbye 13-15, F 5 Responses a week ago

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    I wish I could see myself the way other people

    saw me so then I wouldn't have so much self hatred. Maybe then I wouldn't compare myself to every pretty, skinny girl I see and put my myself down for not looking like that. I'm so tired of hating the way I look. Nobody understands how I feel when I talk about it. Sometimes they...
    BrightInspiriation BrightInspiriation 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 25

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    Will the Man With No Eyes See Darkness?

      In my younger years, which is not that long ago for me, I first wondered if people saw different colours…because if you see red as I see green how am I to know the difference, because we both call the different colours the same thing. Now days I think science has...
    smebro smebro 22-25, M 14 Responses Jun 26, 2007

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    cengizkar cengizkar 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 22

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    The Woman I Am

    I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I'm the one everybody comes to when they need comforting and encouragement. I'm your shoulder to cry on and you’re helping hand. Sometimes I feel like I'm the cook and maid. I'm the girl behind the counter I'll help you with...
    AlyAnonymous AlyAnonymous 26-30, F 4 Responses Nov 10, 2010

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    lepore lepore 18-21, F 9 Responses Jul 22

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    Worlds Apart.

    Each of our visions are unique. As you read these words, you bring to them eyes that have seen so, so many things; you set these words amongst the many billions of phrases that swirl through your head; your past and your present are a lens that focus and then scatter these...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo 31-35, M 7 Responses Jun 24, 2007

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    I appear like a happy go lucky wild

    and care free smiley girl but open me up and you will see a messed up damaged girl it's sad really I wanna be what everyone sees but I can't seem to be her
    foreverbellaalone foreverbellaalone 22-25, F 10 Responses a week ago

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    I decided this year to start wearing skirts to

    school and with my other clothes all the time. It has become a very popular style in some big cities. They are very comfortable and manly. But I've already gotten teased. I want to know what other people think.
    Andwen Andwen 13-15, M 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    You're Your Own Worst Critic!

    My sister (Quartet) asked why we are our own worst critics well here is your answer. When you look at someone you see something they don't, when they look at themselves they see something you don't. When they look at themselves they look deeper then what you do, they see light...
    SelenaLowell SelenaLowell 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 16, 2011

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    When I look in the mirror,

    I see a young African American girl, with glasses and fancy hair. That always like to dress up and look nice, because she refuses to show the world anything less then her best. She's quite witty and intelligent, well read in many subjects, multi-talented, and has a nice voice...
    aviodthisnoid aviodthisnoid 13-15, F Aug 13

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    hopelovecare hopelovecare 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 17

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    How Would I See Me

    If I could step outside myself, have a different face and shape and then meet me, how would I react to me? How would I see me as another person does? What things would I like or dislike about me, if I were to get to know me over a years time? Is this even possible to ponder, for...
    justbeit justbeit 51-55, M 7 Responses Mar 9, 2011

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    I have body dismorphia

    and what I see in the mirror is not what others see
    jenadvice jenadvice 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 17

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    brandon760 brandon760 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 17

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    calvin2000 calvin2000 13-15, M 6 days ago

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    At this very moment Im actually in a very

    difficult complicated situation. My best friend since childhood who is also my neighbour, who is also my best friend, who has the same birthday and both of us are married to our own spouses for more than 5 years (for him is now 10 years), he and I have this, idk what it's...
    Confusiana Confusiana 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Haven't you ever thought it would be very

    enlightening to see the world through another's eyes?
    Kano413 Kano413 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 31

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    shymic shymic 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 5

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    I am 41 well for 4 more days

    but I think I will tell people I'm 50. This way I look good for my age!
    cjjb55 cjjb55 41-45, F 8 Responses 1 day ago

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    I do the best I can with what I have.

    I try so hard to not be alone. I don't know what it is about me that people just don't like, and I don't know how to change. I try to connect with people and they want nothing to do with me. I try hard to make friends, I work for all that I want and I get nothing. I don't know...
    tibber4lyfe tibber4lyfe 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I have no idea if I can get any support here.

    I suffer with body dysmorphic disorder. This has affected my life for over ten years. Right now I'm suffering badly and have barely left the house in 6 weeks because I feel so disgusting. I don't come across many people that truly understand and have suffered a lot of rejection...
    bec78 bec78 36-40, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    A psychologist walked around a room

    while teaching stress management to the audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the 'half empty or half full' question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: 'how heavy is this glass of water?' Answers ranged from 8 to 20 oz. she...
    anns07 anns07 26-30, F 7 Responses Jul 17

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    When you look at me, what do you see?

    What stereotype would you put me under?
    KaylaJackie KaylaJackie 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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    What do you see, when you look at me?

    Do you see me for who I am? Or do you see me through the tinted lenses of predetermined stereotypes? Do you see me as a unique individual, or do I seem like a cliche nobody? Who am I to you? Do I mean anything at all? Am I your friend? Or just a source of entertainment to you...
    JustAnotherConflictedSoul JustAnotherConflictedSoul 13-15, M 10 Responses Jun 19

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    When you look at my photos,

    or read my experiences, how do you see me? Just curious. O.O
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M 2 Responses Aug 18

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    I always wonder if people see colours the same

    way i do? Like if what i see as green, is what purple looks like to them? If you get me?
    James5946 James5946 18-21, M 6 Responses a week ago

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    I have bdd n my bdd is always telling me to thnk

    that my right side is weird n my ears are diffrent sizes n my ear is even more swollen loads than it actually is
    lukekentykent lukekentykent 22-25, M 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    I would like someone 13-15 talk to me about

    this idk I'm just insecure
    shibaunu shibaunu 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    Behind Closed Doors-If I had to take a guess I

    would say people see a deeply unhappy person wearing a "happy face",so their egotistical old man doesn't have an anuresym. We are good at that,my ****** up family is, masking our true feelings and how much we really can't stand each other. If one watched my face and demeanor...
    SolomonSaul SolomonSaul 16-17, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    I do wonder what people see in me.

    For what they often see is a mask/ a wall that hides me. All people wear masks though. We all have layers that peal off. My greatest fear and my greatest quest is to find friends and lovers who I can show my true self too. No masks just me. I want to be bare to them and I want...
    Shadow0501 Shadow0501 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 15

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    Scared Yet?

    What is it that catches your eye first? The closely-cropped top? The semi-hidden tattoos? Maybe it's the unfriendly look or maybe the thuggish physique. It amuses me when people avoid sitting next to me on the bus, it happens all the time. Would it change your perception of me...
    guiltybyassociation guiltybyassociation 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 6, 2013

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    I went to this work interview

    and was asked some questions which resulted me saying "i dont know why my supervisors kept giving me lots of work compared to my collegues" The tot of that made me feel that my bosses just hates me and wants me to suffer lolol But the manager who interviewed me answered "then...
    Chiscuit Chiscuit 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    I live my life through other people's eyes,

    but I never see what they see. I sit in fear of what they see in me, because I constantly observe myself from their perspective, and it's only a matter of time before they see it, too, with a more selective point of view than mine could ever hope to be. Broken jaw clamped, I...
    medialahem medialahem 18-21 3 Responses Aug 12

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    They probly see little shy me

    and scared of pepole but I'm actually sarcastic can be mean if you hurt my freind and I am confident I will talk to a boy if I want I will say what's on my mind or act like it but I love music I'm actually pretty good at throwing knifes
    jeniffer200 jeniffer200 13-15, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    1 year ago: I look at her.

    She stares right back at me. Who are you? I want to ask, but I already know the answer. Her skinny legs look like twigs as she struts towards me. Her arms are so tiny. Her ribs are almost popping out of her stomach. I look up into her eyes. They once sparkled but now were a dull...
    mandyrox18 mandyrox18 16-17, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I smile, laugh, and get really talkative.

    .but then I will get in a bad mood and really depressed, and I keep it inside..I wonder if people see through that.
    zennarts zennarts 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 16

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    when they look at me.

    Can they see what's hiding inside? How would they react if they knew my innermost desires and wishes. I truly wonder
    Kimmy4700 Kimmy4700 36-40 1 Response Aug 7

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    “I wonder how many people I've looked at all

    my life and never seen.” ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent