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Why am I so afraid? - March 18th 2014, 11:44 PM

I am always afraid of what people think about me. That I should act a certain way, or that I should do certain things. I feel trapped by almost everything. I just wanna be me, but I can't. In certain situations I will be just fine. But when the place has too much men, or boys I freak out and I feel like I have to act a certain way. I don't really enjoy going out much either. I try to grow by myself, but once I take a glance at the real world my confidence tumbles. I was raised in a family that prohibited certain things, which I followed, and when I apply that to the real world I just want to feel free, I don't want to care what other people think, I don't want to fear the decisions I will make, I don't want to hate myself. What would you do?
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Re: Why am I so afraid? - March 19th 2014, 08:45 AM

Hi, I feel like I may have been in that position. My parents protected me from certain things which has affected my socialising skills. I never went out, never met up with friends, didn't like being involved in big groups of people, I felt like I had to be like all the other girls and wear what they were wearing and act like them. I was always worried about what others thought of me. Living and feeling like this just terrified me. It takes so much strength and bravery but to feel better and happier with yourself, you have to know that worrying about other people is only going to affect you in the long run, not them. There's going to be more problems with people down the track because life isn't an easy road. It takes time but you have to give yourself a chance to be your own person and make your own decisions. You'll feel more confident with yourself in time. Also, it definitely helps to work out future goals. When you have something to work towards (it can be anything at all) you'll be motivated to get it and with that, comes confidence! Take your own time talking to people/friends and the more you do it, the more confidence you'll gain! Start off small and work your way up. It will be a long process but the only way is up! I hope this helped!
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