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Really Odd Problem - December 1st 2013, 11:46 AM

Finally got the guts to make a post, haha.

This is a really weird thing about me, so kinda keep an open mind. Also I realize how dumb it all sounds, but we all have quirks and this is one of mine. Also there are few people that know this stuff thing about me, so I'm really nervous "going public" with it, so courage FTW. (also apologize if this is the wrong place, very much a forum newb, and this seemed right, haha.)

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I have this weird addiction like thing to socks. I know this sounds really weird but it really bothers me. As a kid I was one of those kids you couldn't weld a shoe on to, I never had shoes or socks on. As I grew older that changed, I'm not sure why though For some reason my brain completely switched idea from "who cares, I'll do what I want" to "gotta be a normal guy" or what I figured that was. This may be due to my shyness, as I'm a really shy and timid kind of person.

As I got older it bothered me more and more. In Jr. High. I used to wear a hoodie virtually 100% of the time. Whether it was -20 degrees or +30 degrees I'd have a hoodie on. I was really shy about my body. I eventually out-grew that kinda thing, but never got over my sock version of that. Now I'm constantly obsessing over it, which is really annoying. It's a really hard thought to describe...

I want to fix my problem and not wear socks, but for some reason I have a super difficult time with it. I wear socks almost 100% of the time, but the weird thing is I don't overly like them, and definitely don't prefer them. I won't even go around my house without them, cause I got some silly thought in my head that I'm going to get judged or it looks dumb or not a guy-like thing or something. And I wouldn't even consider going to something like a family get together without wearing socks. Yet I'm always wanting to do it and try to fix this, but never can. If I could beat my brain I'd be almost the opposite of how I am now with it.

Literally not a day goes by that I'm not thinking about it and wanting to change it.

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Basically before I go out/go to a friends/go to girlfriend's etc. I try to convince myself to go without socks, but I can't do it. I'm too worried I'll look weird, or be judged somehow or something. Then afterwards I get mad at myself for not doing it, and get mad I'm letting such a stupid pathetic thing change what I want to (be able) do. Even thinking about I get uncomfortable and especially any form of talking about it (like how it probably took me half an hour to hit "submit New Thread").

So I don't know if it's just something I gotta beat like shyness, more of a social anxiety, or and OCD like thing. Overall I have gotten a bit better. But with how much I stupidly obsess over this, I really wanna figure out some way to fix it.
   
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Re: Really Odd Problem - December 1st 2013, 04:20 PM

I think you already know what's right,it's obvious that you can solve this problem if you just look at the whole situation and see that your only human. What does wearing your socks prove,prevent,of save you from?? If your feet are ugly then hey join the club,don't live life worrying about something as simple and irrelevant as socks.
   
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