They often feel awkward and anxious in social situations, leading to upsetting interactions which only reinforce their sense of alienation. Hi, If you so choose, you can have friends from all over the world while never stepping foot outside your front door (editor’s note: not recommended). John Anyasor is the founder of his personal development blog. Notice it when things do not feel quite right while you are ensconced in your device. I’m glad you read that book. Thanks for sharing this, Marie – I’ll always remember it. People here on the Change blog accept you for who you are. I can connect with others just fine. Why do we need others around us? Out of the blue, one fine day I suddenly wondered why I hung out more with the guys. They might have a deep-seated belief that they aren’t lovable or that they’re not entitled to a loving relationship. Fear of rejection is only a state of mind and if we adopt a habit that fear is always going to be a part of us, then it will be easier to connect with people that we are afraid of. Now I guess you have no problems connecting at all :). Do both and you’ll be much better off. The emotionally wounded individual has more difficulty trusting others after the painful experiences they’ve been through. So this is poorly managed, people may find them as annoying or challenging. In effect, this implants in their minds a certain misconception that you have to be a certain age before you can make your own decisions, even on things that require you to break out of your comfort zone. They broadened their horizons and added a little diversity into the mix. It all depends on how we manage it and adjust to blend into the environment. My why naturally draws me to understanding the why in others. They might be terrified of being hurt, exploited, abandoned or rejected. There can definitely be other reasons, this list is not comprehensive and all people are unique. The second group told us they didn’t want anyone in their group that had kids because they’d just redecorated. We’re Baby Boomers so I hope this is a generational issue that’s passing away with the next generation. Good to see you here, man. I saw your first video on Timeless Information. P.S. In my opinion, it’s easier to approach someone when you know you’ll never see them again if the interaction doesn’t work out. Your email address will not be published. @Hilary, I see what you’re saying. Sadly, being in relationships with hurtful people can make trauma-sufferers that much more fearful about getting involved with the next person, resulting in further social withdrawal. One of the recommendations on posting on others’ blogs is to comment and join the community, but bide your time .. til others notice you .. probably true in life –, Interesting post – thanks – I think this the first time a doctor has read one of my posts! We look back on how we could have communicated with certain folks months ago, and missed the opportunity, and how it could have helped us a lot if we had put aside our thoughts of what they would think. Parents play a big part in our ability to connect with others, and overprotective ones tend to hinder that ability. A lot of people struggle to do basic hygiene tasks when depressed. Do you like the great outdoors? There are several reasons why this may be so. I can't connect to the Internet with my laptop. In this day and age, it’s quite apparent that people are connecting everywhere. Childhood trauma can have life-long repercussions. For an introvert, a friendship has to be meaningful. We aren’t the only introverts who want to connect deeply with others but struggle to socialize. Not only that, more importantly, we need to connect in order to thrive and live happily. Stuff happens and we’re left with scars. Abandonment issues. http://www.DrJenniferHoward.com. For example, he wanted to buy a car and we sat down and came up with a plan. Smiling is a great start, though. If so that fight might have something to do with where you have placed your focus. If there’s one thing the INFP “stereotype” gets … Interesting post. The business world is filled with jargon and metaphors that are harmless when people can relate to them. Hey Carla, I don’t think that’s true. 3. Except the few close ones, girls didn’t maybe like me that much and the feeling was mutual. So many people are starved for someone to listen to them, and they end up talking over others. Talk to those who resonate with you and your message. We aren’t hermits, we need to connect in order to survive. Sure, it may be harder to make friends now because you’re older and have more responsibilities, but it doesn’t mean you can’t change who you are. In another example, we recently started attending a church and offered to join a supper group but were told that by the first group had to “hold a vote” to decide if they would allow us to attend. We vilify those who don’t agree with us. You don’t let yourself get close with anyone because when you do, your walls are down and it will hurt a lot more when they leave . I cultivated an awareness of my fear of vulnerability, including when I would … The introvert mind is literally wired differently. Connecting to the world is just as important as connecting to people. Rejection is one of the main reasons people don’t just get out there and start connecting. While the Golden Rule is a good start, it insinuates that everyone likes to be treated the same way you do. It’s tough sometimes to get people to come out of their shells with all the defenses they’ve built up as you mentioned. I’m glad you enjoyed the post, Hilary. I believe people today are more interested in connecting with their technology than connecting with people. If there was a choice between chatting with you online, and meeting you face to face, I’d pack my bags in a heartbeat :). For the most part, it seems everyone has their set number of friends or circle and there is no room for me. For those of us who want to blend in, go for it. Personally, I find that people are more polarized, cynical and insular. You’ve likely heard of the Golden Rule, which states that you should treat others as you’d like to be treated. A wise person once told me that the best way to get over not feeling welcome is to take steps to cause someone else to feel welcome — even if you are the newbie in the group. Technology has put so much of a barrier between us that we forgot the people who use them (such as you behind the screen). You have to take charge of your life: you have to connect. That sure is true about fear of rejection or feeling like you’re not going to be up to par to what others expect. It really is a simple idea. It is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Connection happens when you get: 1. concrete help, such as having a friend pick your kids up from school 2. emotional support, like hearing someone say, "I'm really sorry you're having such a tough time" 3. perspective, like being reminded that even the moodiest teenagers grow up 4. advice, such as a suggestion to plan a weekly date with your wife 5. validation, like learning that other folks love reading train schedules too I say bravo to you , Lisa for connecting in the kindest of spirits. We share something so common between us, yet most people look around and see differences. Just introduce yourself to people you share common interests with. For some people, being emotionally detached … Hi John .. I’m not judging you. Take a chance and reach out. You may need to go a bit deeper, by working with a therapist or counselor to heal your childhood trauma. In other words, find the person who looks the least comfortable and go talk to him or her. They both ended, naturally. Great post. If you’ve been having difficulty connecting with others, the way to improve your relationships isn’t necessarily through social skills training. Being neutral may make life easier, but it also makes life boring. Because we are wired that way. It’s the result of having trouble with social skills. @Nea Your exactly right! While the need for relatedness is perhaps most clearly evident when discussing abnormal development, it is undoubtedly a fundamental part of normal development as well. Sometimes, their deep ambivalence about closeness makes them behave in ways that are confusing or off-putting to others. By not talking to strangers you can miss out on a wonderful conversation and the sharing of ideas. It is through difficulty that we learn the most. We became ostracized, however, when we supported a political issue that our older neighbors did not, and they didn’t hesitate to tell us in colorful language why we were wrong. This last group of people is the most interesting people as they are good at pointing out things that people can;t usually see. Congrats! When we know and share our why, we connect with others. There is also a good book I read back in college by David Wygant. I'm quite a bit older than that, now. Of course you shouldn’t rush in. But extroverts only give a very small, limited amount of time in the beginning. There’s no substitute for in-person contact in terms of the emotional nourishment we receive and the social skills we develop. Ultimately, if we really want to connect meaningfully with others, we have to do it in-person. Required fields are marked *. I can tell you’re a very special person and that this world needs more people like you. The lack of civility is a hot topic in editorials. That ship has sailed. Now I’ve learned so much about the world. You’ve got some great points here about connecting in public. I just don't do it very often. At least that’s how it feels sometimes. If we continue on this path, we’ll miss out on getting to know people who are just like us. @Kaushik, thanks for your thoughts. I've had relationships with 2 females since I was 19. While I do agree (wholeheartedly) that everyone is unique, that doesn’t mean we can’t connect. They enter into co-dependent relationships and when these invariably fall apart, they’re more fearful than ever of being hurt. Embrace vulnerability. What is wrong with the world today? People with childhood trauma may have deep (and valid) needs for love and nurturing that weren’t met when they were growing up. People with a history of childhood trauma might believe that others will only want to associate with them if they’re a people-pleaser or care-taker. Your email address will not be published. Before we look at the surface why we don;t connect well, i think it would be more beneficial why we behave in a unique fashion based on our genetic blueprint. Dependent people fear exposure because it may cause others to realize how “worthless” they really are. Yes, I certainly agree that the news can put much fear into the air around everything. From the local pub to the cafe across the street, from the stands at the little league baseball field to one of the seemingly infinite number of online chat rooms, people are constantly connecting with each other. But bidding your time and waiting for people to notice you will get you no where. It would be helpful if young people could receive some kind of communication training in school so everyone would know at least the basics. Exactly! I think connecting with others would be easier for everyone if we had courses in how to actively listen. This website or its third-party tools use cookies which are necessary to its functioning and required to improve your experience. Is it just me? You can still make friends. That’s really great advice. Your email address will not be published. Ease in, Hilary, and good luck connecting! I know what you mean. Other than that friendship group I had only one other friend who I was able to talk to and felt comfortable with but she was in a different form and had other friends. In each of the problems I’ve listed above, you’re giving the power of owning your fate into the control of someone else. This is from past trauma. Childhood trauma can have long-term consequences, and the struggle to connect with others is one of the most significant of these. I have to say that I haven’t found many people welcoming into their larger social circles. And fear has never done anything positive for anyone. They risked rejection and put themselves out there. If You Struggle to Connect With Others, It Could Be Due to Childhood Trauma. Study after study reports that as social animals, humans need each other. Why do some people still hold “never talk to strangers” as their mantra? Do you struggle to connect with others? I guess for me, I have a fear of rejection. Sometimes being neutral, especially when you’re new, letting others ‘work’ you and your family out .. makes life easier. When I click on diagnose connection problems, it says it is my router or modem. When our neighbors moved in, I always took food and welcomed them to the neighborhood. Consider Childhood Trauma. However all people we meet – we need to be with them at their level, sharing their interests, their culture, learning from them if appropriate, and being polite – some definitely won’t match up and then one just smiles and stops or move on. This can lead to at best, dysfunctional relationships and at worst, abusive ones in which a shrewd, exploitative predator takes advantage of their neediness. Scavenger hunts are another great way to spend time with others and also give you the opportunity to explore or rediscover your city. Problem is, most leaders overuse jargon … Hey Jennifer! If that’s what you want. Great observation, Steven! Gone are the days of never talking to strangers. Introverts and empaths often struggle to make friends. It might seem counter-intuitive, but the second step of connecting with others is to give them space. We may not be invincible (we are human after all) that doesn’t mean we should seal ourselves away from the world. We have to put aside these thoughts of what others expect, or what they will think of us, because we miss out on opportunities when we get stuck thinking about those thoughts. Thanks for your comment and I hope I could help you. We meet people, we like each-other, and we form strong social bonds. As an introvert, the small-talk many seem to enjoy doesn’t feel like connecting to me. 3. Individuals with emotional wounds from a hurtful childhood often feel uncomfortable around other people and don’t know how to act. I used to be very judgmental. These individuals can conduct the majority of their “relationships” on-line, in order to minimize the risks getting hurt. More and more, we’re so busy and over-extended that we have little time to spend with the people we care about. But regardless of what you want, you should connect, connect, and connect some more. Positive Letters Inspirational Stories. The page says "Internet explorer cannot display the web page". The reason, I believe, is that we all need to feel connected. In the first scenario, it’s the news and media, in the second, it’s your parents, and in the third, it’s to just about everybody else. It’s a dating book but also talks about just meeting strangers in general. More and more, our “relationships” are carried out through social media as opposed to in-person. Self-sensitivity … You’re Too Busy With ‘Other’ Things. And while comfortable sharing my why, I love learning about others. And we’re all there, human and connected. Long lasting relationships can be found anywhere, both on- and offline. Whew! I ride public transportation and sometimes it amazes me how many people are there for the long, same ride, yet don’t speak a word to each other, and barely smile. I doubt people who’ve lived the best lives stayed in the same place for too long or talked to the same people forever. Overbearing parents tend to keep their children close to them (partly due to the risk touched upon in the first point) and are always ready to retort their child’s plea for adventure with the remark, “You’re too young to understand.” In effect, this implants in their minds a certain misconception that you have to be a certain age before you can make your own decisions, even on things that require you to break out of your comfort zone. ~ H. L. Menken It’s become more and more difficult to remain vulnerable, trusting, and open to life in this era of uncertainty, global upheaval, divorce, and disrupted family life. Marcia's practice is currently full and she is not taking new patients. They want to interact, but when they do, it doesn’t go well. I quite often talk to people, not always – if I’m in a place where I don’t need to be doing something (eg the bus, or the train), but can just get gather my thoughts – quite nice! Fear of rejection. I hope you’re the one giving out the smiles the next time you get on the bus! Childhood trauma can have life-long repercussions. These individuals have trouble getting close to other people, and when they do connect with others, the relationships they form aren’t always constructive ones. They struggle to start projects or do things on their own. For an introvert I sure have rambled a bit, well nice talking to you. Sometimes we may need to spend some time looking at the past experiences that have impacted us. I asked him what he would need and so we priced a car at about $5,000, then he came up with different ideas for jobs, and then we discussed how to get started. Trust issues. Some believe that they can get these needs met in their adult relationships. 5) Complete a scavenger hunt. They aren’t interested in having large groups of acquaintances as they find this kind of social activity shallow.. As an introvert or an empath, it can be tricky to make friends and find people who feel the same way about friendship. I used to take the bus to campus and it would sometimes be so hard to start conversations because the atmosphere would be so tense. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It seems that for many people these days, it’s gotten a lot harder to connect with others. Lisa’s comments can reflect and I’ve experienced similar – but having learnt that lesson .. Your why allows connects you to others. my friend shared with me a theory based on the unique fingerprint (dermatoglyphics) which reflects our genetic characteristic. It’s funny how much value we place on the thoughts of others when in reality, everyone is scared of what everybody thinks of them. (This is an example of how our psychological defense mechanisms backfire, giving us exactly what we’re trying to avoid.). For individuals with childhood trauma, the ubiquity of social media makes it that much easier to avoid the challenges of connecting. Thanks for your comment :). I’m soon to be 31 and the my days of making friends have passed! Hilary Melton-Butcher Your email address will not be published. Regardless of what form the trauma takes, a lack of parental support combined with a higher degree of personal susceptibility to the traumatic events can lead to the formation of emotional wounds, and often, disorders of attachment. We immediately scan how different we are from each other. You search perfection in the people around you so you, once again, don’t get hurt when you become close to them. . What's more, some find it particularly difficult to connect with other women and might on occasion wonder: Why don't I have female friends? Titles similar to “BREAKING NEWS: KIDNAPPER ON THE LOOSE” or “INTERNET PREDATOR STRIKES AGAIN” would normally pop up across the screen. Gone are the days when people proclaimed that all chat rooms are dangerous. Since young, we learn most of the stuff from the people around us especially from our parents. We need to push this fear of connecting and fear of rejection aside. I just blend in .. and don’t jump in – wait and see how things develop and sometimes I’m so pleased I didn’t make that move – as I’m sure I’d experience Lisa’s rather unfortunate experiences. But occasionally especially with people and community relationships a little easing in, is probably better than alienating them, or being cut off .. The combined benefits of spending time in nature and spending time with others will make for a day your heart will enjoy. With friends and family, we’ve already established some common ground, so it’s easy to really communicate with them. Whether you’re a baby boomer or not, the responses you were given were uncalled for. I have to put aside any hesitations based on this thinking, as hindsight says that it is worthless. And instead of always being wrapped up in our own affairs, we should share them with one another. we develop presence and we learn to let go…the rest is easy. I try to remember to smile at people, and sometimes, that is enough…. There is ALWAYS another chance to make a lifelong friend. Loneliness is very much a part of our modern society. 4. I can’t believe this! The only way you can escape it is if you’re nothing and completely forgettable. Regardless of our drive, we like to understand the story of the people. Relationships take time to grow, but you won’t have one if you don’t strike up a conversation. While it’s important to know what’s going on the world, these messages made it seem like the only way to avoid instances like this are to stop going out at night and stay out of every online community. great post! In individuals who’ve experienced childhood trauma, all of these stages can be disrupted. Then I developed General Anxiety Disorder. It is our differences that make us who we are. They might struggle to make conversation, seem out of sync, or behave in a way that turns off other kids. Part of the reason we can struggle to connect is if we have such low self-esteem we are terrified of others seeing us in a bad light so block connection with our own fear and sabotage. I’ll list a few but I hope you understand that I’m not accusing you of any of them. It would take me several interactions with someone before opening up on any kind of real level would feel appropriate. To be clear, INFJs aren’t the only Myers-Briggs personality type to struggle with loneliness. Thanks to our advances in communication, we can connect with whomever we want from wherever we want. Good to see you here. But we can still connect to the Internet through a wireless router with other devices still. Or, we regard listening as somehow passive (why?). The way I do this is to ask what he wants and why, then outline clear expectations on how to get there. I’ve made this mistake before actually – if I’d just smiled to that certain person, maybe we could’ve been friends. Rejection is one of the main reasons people don’t just get out there and start connecting. However, when connecting is such an easy thing to do, why is it that some people still find it hard (and almost scary) to take part in? My youngest friendship is more than 7 years old, and my best friendship goes back to the 5th grade (over 20 … We have big feelings, even when it’s not convenient. It seems that for many people these days, it’s gotten a lot harder to connect with others. P.S. Learn what it means for kids to struggle with social skills, and what can help. Some individuals with a history of childhood trauma might choose friends or partners who are hurtful or abusive. Except for one family on the street, no one acknowledges us now. It can take the shape of severe parental neglect or abandonment; boundary violations or exploitation; constant criticism or undermining; parental addiction(s) or incarceration; physical assault or sexual molestation; experiences of profound loss or fear, or living in unstable or dangerous environments. I quickly learned that nothing about living with anxiety is perfect. This is still a problem as I often see this in public. Yet we’re all human beings, though in different shapes and sizes, we’re all riding that train together. The outdated saying of ‘never talk to strangers’ doesn’t apply. You are welcome to ask questions but she cannot give medical advice online. It’s been said over and over how good it is. Some of these individuals are so convinced that they’ll be rejected that they inadvertently behave in ways that provoke the other person to do this. April is all about spring cleaning our minds. I’m not alone. You’re not a kid anymore. I was never purposefully mean; rather, my judgment came from an innate sense of perfectionism that negatively affected how I viewed myself and others. Then I got my answer. Rejection is a part of life. Most of our ability to truly connect is learned from a very young age. I have found most people too busy to connect with someone new, or their social life is already full. As you said, we’re all human. I’m so sorry that you had to put up with the close-mindedness of others. As adults, our job is to take charge by way of healing whatever wounds from what was lacking or overbearing from our childhood wounding. We learn this from how our primary caretaker was able to connect in general and connect to us in particular. @John, Hi .. oh yes at times I’m up front! Some people these days are just suspicious of kindhearted individuals like you because they think there is some hidden ulterior motive behind good actions. Here is my point of view: Step a little bit out of your comfort zone and you’re sure to be rewarded. With social media becoming our future, people are more likely to connect from their home, rather than stepping outside and meeting somebody in person. If so, go on a hike. What we all have in common, however, is that we all benefit from being able to connect to others, and that not being able to directly affects our quality of life and even, research now shows, our physical health and longevity. I understand what you mean, both you and Lisa. Unfortunately, people who’ve experienced childhood trauma are at an even greater disadvantage when it comes to forming attachments. From knowledge of our brains and the fact that our brains take information from all around us and put it together to give us a sense of reality, we can see that when we take away from what our brain is able to process then we get a less detailed sense of what is going on around us. Talk to the ones you resonate with, and pass by the ones you don’t. There are so many levels to connecting with others. I’m more centered and calm because of it. Those who seek a deeper connection with those around them follow the Platinum Rule: Treat others as they want to be treated. This started a couple of days ago. Sure it may be harder for some to connect than others, but that doesn’t mean that the ones who have it harder shouldn’t connect at all. I hope you’ve learned something :). Great thoughts, Serenity Hacker! Take those chances and reach out to them. Dr. Jennifer Howard Trauma in childhood can come in many forms. All of this could lead them to isolate themselves and avoid closeness with others. I admit that my initial thoughts on connecting were based on the “never talk to strangers” mindset. Thanks for the worthwhile material that helps us connect when we should be connecting. It’s called, “Always Talk to Strangers”. You’re spot on, Tristan. So what i am driving at is everyone is unique and there is nothing right or wrong in the above traits. If childhood trauma is something you’ve experienced, doing this work could make it that much easier for you to connect with others and create meaningful, lasting relationships. Of course, the fewer in-person relationships we have and the more on-line ones we have, the lonelier we’re likely to feel. This leads people to falsely believe that the only people who could ever truly understand their ‘real’ selves are themselves. There are billions of people on the planet. Our childhood days are long gone, and it’s time that we used the wisdom we’ve gained as adults to erase the naivete we had in the past. Being alone Not wanting to be a burden I spent months alone, in fact the whole duration of year 12. Don’t let people like your neighbors fool you into thinking the rest of the world is like them. Find out how you can contribute to my work each month and receive great rewards! We all have 24 hours in a day, if we spend just a few hours of … I personally believe it is because of these three big reasons: As a kid growing up, there wasn’t a day I watched TV that there wasn’t an announcement of something horrible. . The solution to all of these problems is quite simple really: all you have to do is take fate into your own hands. You’re introverted/shy. This can include showering, washing their hands, brushing their teeth, doing laundry, or brushing their hair. Glad you enjoyed it :). Here’s a quick illustration: … If we soak up feelings of vulnerability from the news media, our parents, or other sources, we become fearful. Lisa may have had difficult experiences, but that doesn’t change the person who she is now. So look, back to getting sober. It just takes a little less shyness to be able to introduce yourself and break the ice. Thanks for your thoughts, Serenity Hacker! 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