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Sephiroth999

I am highly sensitive to the criticism of others

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If it's a negative criticism I sort of lock up. It causes me to only chose situations which cause anxiety. I end only taking a much narrower path in which I can not express myself. A relative of mine called it "a lack of self confidence". Is his statement true? I am good at listening and learning but not coming to an equality through expression. I suppose it is a fantasy to have the entire world see your way, but I still feel ignored. Something is always out of balance socially about me.

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Having life long chronic depression means that most negative criticism sticks to me like glue....I ruminate and repeat it in my head over & over. Ever since I was a child, criticism always would override anything positive. Positive statements towards me don't emotionally resonate. This is another reason CBT didn't help, I can rationally tell myself that I am overgeneralizing or painting a "negative" picture, but no matter how many positive statements or affirmations I repeat to myself it's all just empty words. This also shows up as lack of confidence and lack of self-esteem. It causes me to avoid challenging myself.

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6 hours ago, Blahblah said:

Having life long chronic depression means that most negative criticism sticks to me like glue....I ruminate and repeat it in my head over & over. Ever since I was a child, criticism always would override anything positive. Positive statements towards me don't emotionally resonate. This is another reason CBT didn't help, I can rationally tell myself that I am overgeneralizing or painting a "negative" picture, but no matter how many positive statements or affirmations I repeat to myself it's all just empty words. This also shows up as lack of confidence and lack of self-esteem. It causes me to avoid challenging myself.

For me it's about expression. Talk therapy was of minimal help to me as well. I don't understand why me being friendly to people, shaking their hands getting to know their names is "weird" to some of those people. It's both a heartache and a headache for me to process. Speaking about strictly IRL situations I can never tell if the problem is them or me.

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