Dating someone with social anxiety

There are few things more important in childhood than having good friends.

Generally, we expect a child to have had at least one “best friend” by the age of eight or nine, and to have a group of close friends by the age of twelve or thirteen.

While it is present in school children of all ages, bullying and teasing tends to peak during the middle and high school years.

While some kids seem to be naturally compassionate throughout their development, many others can seem indifferent to their classmates and even mean.

Greetings are the gateway to every social interaction.

Interacting in a group requires a very different set of social skills than interacting with individuals.

It’s hard to be optimistic when I have been through so many awkward moments, when I have embarrassed myself time and time again. I never flirt back, because I assume that people are, they will realize I am not worth having around and will run the other direction. By Holly Riordan for Thought Catalog If you like the post, share it!

My anxiety makes me doubt my self-worth, which leads to doubting everyone around me. When someone tells me they love me, I don’t believe them. I can’t see why they would want anything to do with someone like me.

If the text is short or sounds snippy, then I will worry that I am wasting their time, that they are only answering me to be polite.

I will fool myself into thinking I shouldn’t have sent the text in the first place. I will assume that I have done something to upset them, that they don’t want me around anymore, that the friendship has ended. It doesn’t matter if someone can’t hang out over the weekend because they have to work late. I will convince myself that they are lying and they secretly don’t want to see me. Since it’s so hard for me to hold a conversation with family members I’ve known for years, let alone with strangers in front of me at the supermarket, I assume that everyone hates me.

I dread sending the first text because there is a chance of rejection.

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