Feeling Alone in Groups


Originally posted on Rose with Thorns:

Group of people around dog

Sometimes I feel loneliest in groups.

One of the loneliest feelings in the world is being surrounded by people but not feeling part of the group. I have struggled with this for years. Even places with friendly and kind people can make you feel miserable if you do not belong. The theater, youth group, retreats, parties, my own home – I can feel miserable just about anywhere.

There are many reasons for this loneliness. Some might say that it is a normal part of the human experience. We all get caught up inside our heads and become nervous that everyone is judging us. Since we cannot read minds and know what people think about us, we have to guess continually how they are perceiving us. This can lead to us assuming others are trying to exclude us when they are simply focusing on something else.

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2 Responses

  1. All to frequently we do not understand what goes on in the heads and hearts of those dealing with challenges. This was well done and helps to remind us not to judge.

  2. :) … **Acceptance in public can sometimes generate an internal chaos within ourselves … When our heart is with someone/somewhere else … Therefore … An individual has to find “Happiness” within his/herself … Between … The “unknown” public and private lives — Invisible to so many people** …

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