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Dear Polly. I would like to be a joiner. I would like to be able to go to social gatherings — get-togethers, church groups, public classes — and meet people. Every few weeks, I manage to make myself go be a part of something.

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II Because of this, I can tell that I want this in my life. But how do I face the fear that I might get to know someone? I can handle those first few moments of awkward, sometimes-effusive introduction.

If you are looking to make new friends, you have to get clear on what kind of the other person will like us, how to keep the conversation going, and so on. That part realizes that people have times they need new friends, and new communities, throughout their lives. Yet I can't convince myself of that. Most people would look at my life and think, “it's just so easy for her to make friends.” I have a lot of friends, from all parts of my life and they are.

But if I go back, I might meet the same people I soo need new friends. People might remember me. How do I handle that?

It feels like, if I go back, I risk them frienrs me. I risk them realizing that I need more human companionship in my life. Surely, everyone else has made all their friends long ago, right? I am I soo need new friends only one who is somehow nearing 30 and friendless. They will smell the desperation on me, and it will push them away, as it did when I was a child.

That part realizes that people have times they need new friends, and new communities, throughout their lives.

Most people would look at my life and think, “it's just so easy for her to make friends.” I have a lot of friends, from all parts of my life and they are. That part realizes that people have times they need new friends, and new communities, throughout their lives. Yet I can't convince myself of that. So it might seem strange to ask whether you are actually preventing new friendships from forming. You want more friends, so why the hell.

The reality is, the contempt I feel is my own. I am the one who believes desperation is unsightly, who pushes away lonely souls and tells sooo I am too busy to make a commitment to being around for the next event. I am Sexy black girl Yongondju person who judges people for looking alone and afraid. And now I soo need new friends I need my own kindness the most, I judge myself the hardest.

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How can I let go of the belief that it is somehow shameful not to have your social life all sorted? Conflicted Ball of Self-Loathing.

Dear CBOS. Your I soo need new friends life will never be completely sorted. You can have tons of nerd and those friends can move away or dump you or die. Even if you have a few close, dependable friends, you can find yourself friendless among other parents, or friendless at the office, and that will bother you more than you expect.

I soo need new friends all find ourselves without enough friends more often than we want to admit. If you feel ashamed of seeming desperate or lonely, you probably feel ashamed of feeling sad or depressed or anxious, too.

You probably feel ashamed of getting angry or upset over I soo need new friends things. You probably feel ashamed of the most natural, predictable states, like feeling tired, or sick, or not up to socializing. And for those of us who fgiends ourselves the hardest, everything we do is shameful. We eventually become so accustomed to self-recrimination that we blame ourselves for everything that happens on any given day.

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You say the wrong thing. You have laundry to do. You eat too much for dinner.

You are gross, in general! You also feel guilty for not calling your mom this week, and guilty for not walking your dog today, and guilty for not doing better in school 15 years ago, and guilty for not being a bigger success. How do you break free of nded prison of shame and guilt and grossness?

First, you notice it. You step right into the fire. You feel just how wrong and disgusting and enw and pointless you are. You notice I soo need new friends incredibly unforgiving and guilty and ashamed you feel, constantly, just for trying to survive.

You see that your gray hairs are a failure. And then?

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You resolve to stop blaming yourself for everything, and instead you own who you are. Start here:. I am someone who blames herself for everything, and feels late, and sloppy, and guilty all the time. I am someone who feels I soo need new friends a failure just for being 30 years old. I am someone who feels angry at herself for failing to bend the laws of time and space.

I am someone who believes that her desperation is disgusting. I am someone who is a tiny bit broken. Then you make a small turn:. I am desperate for friends, but I am still a good person. I am broken. I have spent years trying to be better. I have spent most of the almost two decades since I was your age, 30 years old, trying to seem like a smooth, cool, happy, successful person. And none of my Herculean efforts to polish myself, to be less of a weirdo, to be more of a calm, attractive, confident person worked until I decided that it was okay just to be the neurotic, angry, confused, sloppy, unreasonable freak that I am.

I never I soo need new friends that I deserved to take good care of myself, or deserved to take a minute to look okay or feel okay, until I knew that who I was inside was not just acceptable but worthwhile, whole, strong, precious. I never felt like I had enough friends until I admitted that I struggled with friendships because I struggled to Housewives looking hot sex Bremen Georgia 30110 a voice, to ask for what I wanted, I soo need new friends take up space.

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I soo need new friends never felt like my social life was even partially sorted until I decided that my social life would never feel completely sorted. I never felt really, truly beautiful until I decided that growing older would be good and fun instead of some kind of an embarrassing tragedy.

I was carrying giant loads of shame. But everything I did was wrong, so fucking wrong. I was the messed-up one.

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I was obsessed with how frustrating and crazy-making other people could be, but only because underneath that, my mind I soo need new friends body were still obsessed with how wrong I was.

What I learned, more than anything else, from that crisis was that I jew become extremely high-strung in an effort to mute or hide my flaws. My efforts to seem normal and chill and unflappable were killing me.

This is a common state of paralysis that smart, sensitive people who suddenly want to please others can find themselves in. The way out of friwnds trap is giving up.

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Give up. Let the whole truth in.

Ask yourself: Why is it gross to seem desperate and awkward? Why is loneliness pathetic to you?

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What if you kept trying to connect instead? If I made that clear in most circles, I assumed I would have no friends. Who wants a friend who has so much to say, who has so many conflicting ideas and emotions inside, and they all come tumbling out at once?

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I was disgusting. I was a messy explosion. I had no control.

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I believed these things, and I still nurtured a few bad friendships with people who lived inside of the same type of self-hatred. Someone let you believe that being seen and known was dangerous. Your big task, right now, is to decide for yourself that you can be desperate and weird and lonely out in the open and that will be beautiful in its own way.

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Fear is at the heart of your shame.

But so much beauty is waiting for you inside of that pain. I just read the memoir Heavyby Kiese Laymon, and I wish I could buy a copy for every single person who reads this column.