Do you purposely avoid awkward experiences?

Do you purposely avoid awkward experiences? I do! I read an interesting article by Dr. Alice Boyes about this topic. The article is as follows:

Sometimes when people use avoiding behavior, it’s for the purpose of avoiding heavy-duty emotions. However, it’s also very common for people to avoid milder emotions, like awkwardness. I frequently see people choosing not to enact their personal values to avoid feeling temporarily awkward. (more…)

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Are you lonely?
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Are you lonely?

Highly sensitive people are not more prone to loneliness than anyone else, though we may experience it in a more profound way. Everyone has some degree of loneliness, and it can manifest in many different ways.

Although highly sensitive people often have social anxiety and may socialize less than average, there are many people who can feel lonely in the middle of a crowd. In other words, a sense of isolation is not always just the result of limited social contact. Many other factors, such as emotional withdrawal, lack of trust, or just not being able to make adequate connections, can cause feelings of loneliness and isolation. Thus, not only is it important for us to reach out to others, but also to do it in a way that feels comfortable. When we feel “safe”, we are able to make much more meaningful connections. (more…)

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Do you get in your own way?
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Do you get in your own way?

Do you get in your own way? If so, you might be your own worst enemy. I’m guilty of wanting to do something and then talking myself out of it by coming up with a million reasons as to why it’s a bad idea. Do you sabotage yourself? If so, why so? The answer lies in one word….FEAR!

Our fearful thoughts and negative beliefs act as a barrier to getting what we want. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we sabotage our own opportunities. Below are some signs of self-sabotage: (more…)

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