Does anyone else feel slightly comforted by knowing that even superheroes have problems socializing? I mean, it used to be that wasn’t addressed in movies/TV. Now, in shows like Sherlock and movies like Justice League, we get to see truly amazing people who are also incredibly lonely and have problems socializing. Could we be on the cusp of less stimatization of mental illness?

Anyway, as I may have mentioned before, one of my anxiety issues is about socializing. It constantly feeds my depression. It’s a vicious cycle… I have social anxiety issues, which only serve to make me lonely (when I let myself feel anything), which only serves to make me feel sorry for myself and more depressed. Being aware of this, however, does not get me off the freakin’ hamster wheel!

I never quite trust people who befriend me. A large part is my depression/anxiety, but history has served to reinforce those fears. Few people who have called themselves “friends” have actually lived-up to that title. Perhaps I have high standards, but I kind of expect friends to be the people I can count on to help when, say, my hoarder mother dies and leaves me with a cluttered apartment to empty. Hubby and his father were there almost every day. My “friends”? They made it there for a few hours one Saturday. I get everyone has busy schedules and all, but an only child being responsible for emptying her hoarding mother’s apartment needs more help than that. At least do a few hours a couple of times, you know? It’s hard enough for a person with depression/anxiety to ask for help. But when the help offered is half-hearted?  

Work is my only socialization these days, but few work environments are safe places to make friends. I’ve tried befriending co-workers many times in my 17 year career. It always ends badly for me. Truth be told, I probably have a HUGE target over my head because I am stupid and gullable. I generally take people at face value… but I tend to gravitate towards people who *seem* confident but that, in reality, are just a$$holes. One “friend” was only using me to get closer to my boss, with whom she wanted to have an affair. (Never mind whether I had feelings for the guy or not…) Another “friend” dropped me as soon as I started disagreeing with her about her politics. Another “friend” with whom I vented about my bosses relayed it back to them. (That did wonders for my working relationships with them…) Another friend seemed to only be interested in getting me in trouble with my husband while he sounded out his strategy for wooing his mistress!

Well, I’ve since learned my lesson. I keep my damned mouth shut now (figuritively and literally). I rarely confide in anyone in person, and I am much more guarded online than I have ever been before. I keep my distance from co-workers and avoid work events like the plague. But, because we humans are programmed to crave social interaction, I retreat to my haven online (here on DT). I can keep people safely at arm’s length, without risk of them hurting me – or me hurting them, while still satiating that craving for interaction.

That said… I still wish I had that one really good friend. The one with whom I could lie down outside and look at the stars… have meaningful discussions about trivial things… someone I could count on to cancel a flight and come help me when I’m battling another of my demons…. until then, I guess I’ll have to be my own best friend. I have never met anyone as worthy of my trust as myself, anyway.

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    sullengirl76 5 years ago

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head about people today only wanting convenient friendships. I cannot speak for you, but I know that I have never really felt like I “fit in” anywhere. Maybe that’s why? It sounds like we’re both star-shaped pegs trying to fit into a round hole. Like you said, I always hold back because I don’t want to look stupid or creepy.

    Thanks for commenting and letting me know I’m not alone. It helps. 🙂

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  2. alloftheabove 5 years ago

    I have friends and its not all its bumped up to be

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  3. dragongirl 5 years ago

    Hello my name is dragon girl check it out I have had the exact same experiences with people in general when it comes to friendships and family. tell you what if you truly want a non judgmental friend email me [email protected]
    I dare you to have an open mind and take a chance on a complete stranger.

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  4. kaiya17 5 years ago

    I completely agree that friends and even family can’t handle the real person under all the masks that we wear. Often you’ll find that when a person is too negative or shows raw emotion they get shunned, at least rats my experience. I’m sorry that so many people have broken your trust. It’s hard to have any friends or ever trust when that’s all happened so I feel for you. I hope you’re able to find true friends. if you ever want chat feel free to message me!

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  5. khaleesi 4 years ago

    I believe I feel the same way. I have trust issues and, to be honest, I was never really super social – growing up in a big family always made me feel a bit different from everyone.
    When you mentioned the hero thing, I realized maybe that’s why I like Jessica Jones so much haha
    And yes, I have been pretty on my own as well. I think I have already too many problems to understand and accept myself and I don’t want people to feel awkward or whatever because of me… I don’t know.

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  6. piscesbs 2 years ago

    Yo, dude (or girl or both (unsure what you prefer)), it’s alright. I don’t trust a lot of people either and, sometimes, it’s better that way. There’s a lot of shady people out there nowadays with their whozits and whatnots and thingamajigs and just plain attitude. Sometimes, it’s better to keep your mouth shut. You can avoid many arguments that way. This doesn’t mean, however, that people can be avoided. They are literally everywhere (as you’ve already mentioned)! I’m not criticizing in any way, because I get the whole “you’re my friend, but I hate you because I feel like you’re gonna stab me in the back like all those other dumb mf’s” type of deal. I just, as a person, want to be there for you. I both hate/mistrust and care about people at the same time. It’s really confusing, but, I’ll try AMAP, but, I’m just gonna be honest, letting people in is really hard for me. I only trust a good 2% of people and, I hate to say it, but I tend to talk to people mainly because of that need for social interaction (otherwise, I’d be playing video games pigging out to all the junk food I could find while in the dark, alone with, like, a cat or something (though, that does sound nice, actually)). Again, I’ll do my best.

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  7. marleyrita6204 9 months ago

    i feel so alone because i dont have friends i can trust and who are there for me all the time

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  8. carolinem 3 months ago

    I feel the exact same as you all. It is hard to trust people you don’t know. People are mostly superficial and looking for relationships that benefit themselves only. It is sad. It only becomes harder to meet new people and make new and true friends the older you get as I am experiencing. It is an anxiety inducing experience to put oneself through and feels easier and safer to just not try.

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