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Old 3rd May 2021, 11:23
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Default Some people feel so utterly alone it’s as if they don’t exist

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To be so intensely alone that you can hardly find the words to describe how you feel. To doubt your every word and action, even your sense of who you are. To have never experienced feeling truly known by another person. To fear others, yet long to connect with them. To yearn for the courage to take up space and speak out; to trust yourself and others enough to make your presence felt. This is what people diagnosed with ‘avoidant personality disorder’ – one of the more common personality disorders recognised by modern psychiatry – have told us it feels like to be them. One interviewee said:

I feel like me as a person is not present. I feel like I do not know myself … I do not feel like I know who I am. That is kind of what I would like to know.
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Old 3rd May 2021, 12:18
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Default Re: Some people feel so utterly alone it’s as if they don’t exist

My heart really went out to the people in the article, in the past I thought I might have this condition but their situation seems so painful it's quite different (tbf I am quite introverted and usually content in my own company it's just I need a minimum amount of in-person interactions).
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Old 3rd May 2021, 12:45
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I've always been quite asocial and introverted. I've tried several times to do what's expected re socialisation , and being positive about my mental health. They've been to some degree or other a failure. Now I don't go out of my way to interact with others. However it's a lot different having the choice to interact or not, and the lack of choice as a result of Covid.
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Old 4th May 2021, 12:10
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I think I'm quite avoidant, but can you be quite avoidant & quite asocial at the same time? There's a lot of things I won't do for fear of failure, and the embarrassment that may be the result of such failure.

I do know my self identity is quite fragile, but not to the extent described in that article. I'm very much a person that if 9 people praise me and 1 criticises me , then that negative comment will have a greater effect than all those positive ones.
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