Cherriichan Posted June 2, 2012 Share Posted June 2, 2012 The friends I am with at the moment are insanely protective and isolating from other people; they are both equally unfriendly to everyone in my year that isn't a part of their friendship group, and it rubs off pretty badly as a result - the majority of people do not like them and wouldn't want to socialise with them. I keep butting heads with them over my need to get to know and socialise with other people in my year, and I can't handle the grief they give me about talking to other people. They are manipulative, argumentative and insanely annoying; I've put up with them for too long and often been used as a punching bag for any anger they can't let out on anyone else. I finally decided to branch out and meet new people, so I went to socialise with another group of people yesterday without telling them. I was lectured, critised and bearated upon my return - which really lowered my confidence and willingness to try again. I am already insanely shy and struggle to make eye contact with anyone my age, let alone start a conversation. This was a big step for me: this, combined with talking and starting a conversation with somebody in my classes, has been making me feel quite proud of myself. I feel like I'm making a mountain out of a molehill here, and that it's entirely my fault. I want to try again and I know I shouldn't be held back by them, but there's an easy way to manage this and I don't know what it is. Does anyone have any tips on socialising and edging away from my current friendship group without hurting them? I don't know how to handle this without everyone getting hurt. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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