Yeah adressing the fear of intimacy in just an article may seem disneyesque I agree. Being avoidant is not a paradox of being dependent. Both are attempts to jugulate love relationships. You are right again, distancing was indeed your defense against losing yourself in a relationship.
I think what we have to work on is find the right distance in a relationship. We have to admit we want to love and be loved. Keeping away from love will just starve that part of us craving for it. Good luck in your path to love, And most of all your path to self love Just Me. Hi Thomas, I feel like you just wrote my life story. It does feel worse to ignore your instincts and push on. It feels cruel and as if you are not honoring yourself. Instead you are running over yourself with a bulldozer. It weakens your spirit and just makes you a worse partner for the person you are coupled with.
Pair your low self-esteem with new doubts as to who you are and if you are indeed a strong person and then….. As for the reply from Just Me, I agree, learning the right balance so one does not lose themselves in a relationship is the key. But if one is not whole on their own, then what are they bringing to their partner? Why force it when a healthy step back and reflection may be in order for the intimate-fearing person? I, too, have that fear of ending the relationship. Though I do love him, he is not for me. I hear you. I felt the same way in a relationship I finally ended in typically dramatic, painful fashion.
The chemicals have worn off, the curtain is pulled back and we see each other for our authentic selves. She has been in therapy for years and has a high degree of emotional intelligence and knows herself. We love each other and there is a good connection, so the ingredients of a good relationship are there as well. She has said she would Like to try to work through this innthe context of our relationship but there are no guarantees and Inhave to be okay with slowing things down and her pulling back, which is perfectly valid.
Do you cash in your chips and honor the experience or stick with it with lowered expectations and see where it goes? But I was faced with a boy that told me he liked me, he wanted to date me. He was so nice and funny and sweet, but i felt so much discomfort with the whole situation.
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We hugged, for what felt like forever but I just felt nervous and full of fear. He was going through a depression I felt so terrible and uncomfortable in my own skin that with shaking hands i went to my schools bathroom and cried my eyes out. I just hated myself in that instant so much. Even later on, when I was confronted with someone else that liked me, I found myself panicing for no reason, all i felt was fear, and nerves. Hell, i was shaking i was so scarred.
Sometimes the person is so wounded that it makes it impossible for them to even admit they have a problem. I think you have so much buried down deep inside of you that only a licensed therapist can help you. I do know one things for fact ….. Negative emotions are NEVER buried dead, they are buried alive and if left alone will grow inside of you like a cancer.
Negative hurts will always come back and usually in a physical way. I think you are right, but while you are alone, you need to focus on rebuilding your self image to make it positive and techniques like meditation, self affirmations, and therapy are useful for rebuilding this self image. Unless you treat the underlying causes you will never have a healthy relatonship.
If you cannot handle and push through your own negative feelings, have you considered talking to a therapist about it? Perhaps you should have a talk with your doctor. I suffer from this problem and have no idea what to do.
Will it go naturally? Also does this problem lead to one falling for much younger girls because they are subconsciously unavailable? Help would be greatly appreciated. I have been married for 42 yrs. He avoids any kind of touch and when he does I feel violated not loved. Then after I start blaiming myself for hurting the other person and go get them back. And this repeats. I go to therapy because I want to be able to enjoy life and not become my mother who was never emotionally there for me.
Some people can learn to live with it and some can work on it by themselves, but for me therapy at the moment is the way to go. And yes it is a lot to do with self esteem. For a lot of reasons I do feel related myself into the contents of this article. For some reason I am constantly sabotaging any sort of relationship specially romantic ones. I feel a lot the fear of loss, and that is pushing me away from any sort of true relationship. Since then, my personality became a lot more distant and most of the time I just wanted to be alone and try to enjoy myself as much as possible although I ended up crying on my own sometimes for some reasonable amount of time, but I would wind up those feelings some time after, even if they came back after some time, which could be weeks or even months.
After some self reflection about it which was almost an year I came to realize that what I was missing was a true relationship, being with someone you could be yourself without trouble and having the other person being herself without reservation, having mutual affection to each other. And this is when I stumbled upon this article and cleared up the matter for me. And one more thing, I am thankful for the author to come up with this article!
Enjoyed very much reading the post and your courage for being honest. Would like to know what article you were referring to. Thank you in advance for answering. I met her online years ago and while we were far apart, we had a tremendous friendship. She opened up to me easily and I did the same. We talked constantly and she always gave me the things I needed in a friendship love, compassion, care, time, affection, etc.
About a year ago, I moved to her town. She neglected me and my needs and anytime I brought up the issue, she brushed it off and blamed it on her having a tough time adjusting from being alone to being with someone day in and out. I trusted her. But for a year, we had problems that only got worse and worse.
She hid things that she never hid before. Lied to me about important things in her life. And just kept me in the dark for months on in. Eventually, I got tired and so did she. We had a blow out and her anger was the only thing allowing her to express her true inner most feelings towards the situation. She told me that when I moved there, I got too close and her body reacted.
But she later said that online, it is easy being there for someone emotionally. What should I do? I want to stay friends and be there for her but she is basically asking me to be casual friends with her like have fun but without an emotional attachment. And I feel it may be just too hard to change from that and I feel that she may be being kind of selfish asking me to cater to her fear and enable her.
I love her so much. She is like family to me and I want to see her succeed. I know this is way late for you to see this reply but I have an easier time handling casual or friends with benefits type of relationship. As soon as the other person wants a serious relationship and says love, I start getting distant and short mean with them. If I could only find someone that wants that weekend relationship and keep it casual, I would be good with that and keep the intimacy out of it and the other person constantly wanting to see me. Maybe why I hook up with losers in a relationship so it is easier on me to get distant from them.
When I found this article, I felt that I could relate, and suddenly everything became a little clearer. But discovering the reason for why I push people away, didn. Very interesting read, but I do disagree with forcing yourself to be intimately close to someone when you are simply not ready to share yourself with another. How can a person appreciate my other qualities when he is only focused on my looks alone?!
I believe that some people were made to be in a relationship and others to be single. How do you know? It is very sad to read about people who loss themselves in relationships and couples that are together merely because of routine. Both are very unhealthy for the individual as unhealthy as that person thinking they have a problem because they are unable to hold a relationship that has the potential to form a family.
Everything in life is a learning process.
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It is healthy to be single and feel content about it. It comes with time patient and professional help. If deep down you feel content then let it be, you are not hurting anyone except for those waiting for you to have a partner more than you do for yourself. I had a great childhood my single mom taking care of her children. I had a strong family presence in my life. My mom finally dated someone after 9 years being single after my dad. The man had many faults. I still had a good childhood. Then I turned 13 my life went wrong.
My mom started doing drugs. My strong family blanket gone! I thought this is love right? It wasnt. I even stood up for the hurt only to be judge for doing that. There I saw my mom with her boyfriend and there constant physical mental abuse. I ran from it by using games. They stolen from me lied to me and mentally confused me to the point of no return. I have never loved another person other than my twin.
As I get older and older I pull away faster from people. My mom now finally clean for 6 months. She told me to play the field. When will I be able to let go. I understand.. I have no basis to dispute that it is real; simply overused. Finally, it feels like professionals who author blogs use FOI as a panacea to explain all relationship problems. Reality is that we must constantly challenge ourselves and ask if we are being honest about our feelings.
Only after holding ourselves accountable can we question the myriad issues that arise in our relationships, of which FOI may or may not be a culprit. In a comment section full of people relating to the article and sharing their emotional experiences, your comment stands out as one lacking any emotional character whatsoever. Your approach to this topic reflects that you may have gone through some form of rigorous academic training.
The deeper you go into your own mind, the more you will realise this. In my opinion the article is correct in referring to it as a root cause of so many problems. I hope you will go further into your emotional structure, and get more in touch with who you are at your core.
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I wish you best of luck my friend, may all be well with you. This is a good article and seems very much to describe me. I can only imagine being the guy in that situation. The myriad of mixed emotions coming out as mixed messages as fear, interest, anger at myself, speculation, nausea and despair war inside of me. Most of the time I know myself to be pretty, intelligent, good, and industrious. But in those moments when I am attracted to someone I realize how ugly, fat, lazy, immoral and stupid I really am and wallow in my inferiority.
I am egocentric in my failures and foibles. I cannot overpower the visceral emotion of unworthiness with the logical knowledge of my good worth at the risk of sounding egotistical I am a good catch- average to pretty looks, well educated with a good job and generally sweet and loyal disposition.
So how do I get over this? No one will ever get close to me. Do I want them to? Should I want them to get close? This is exceptionally well written. It has provided great clarity for me.
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I have yet to read a more accurate comment that mirrors the trials and tribulations in my own life. My problem is I am fully aware of what my problem is and I also know that there are steps in order to combat these pessimistic feelings however where my roadblock lies is not knowing how far I will need to go or how long it will take to get over these insecure mind games I set myself up for.
Or will I be blissfully-miserably single forever…. Look up Pia Mellody on YouTube. Or see my videos on anxiety there search for my name , where I summarize the results of many months spent looking for the best explanations and remedies that people have come up with for anxiety, which fear of intimacy is a variant of. Hopefully this will explain why you get scared, and based on that, what you can do to grow stronger emotionally.
Once we lift the instinctive blocks to loving ourself, that for many of us were required in order to survive danger during our childhood, and once we love ourself again, then we no longer perceive so much danger in getting rejected, and fear becomes manageable. With what memories or love or lessons with each of them would we ever part? I shudder to think of it. Brethren and sisters, I think we have to start earlier to teach our students the place of marriage and family in the great plan of happiness.
Waiting until they are of marriageable age puts us way behind the curve. For example, it is alarming to us that in the last 50 years the natural median age for men to marry has risen from age 22 to age 28! Add to this such diverse influences on the young as the increased availability of birth control, the morally destructive rise of pornography , an increased disaffiliation with institutional religion, the pervasive quest for material goods generally, the rise of postmodern thought with its skepticism and subjectivity and you see the context for anxiety and fear that a rising generation can feel.
With these kinds of winds blowing in their lives, they can be damaged almost before mature, married life has begun. Furthermore, so many young people I talk to fear that if they do marry they will be just another divorce statistic; they will be another individual who dove foolishly into marriage only to find there was no water in that pool.
Couple that leeriness about the success of marriage with the tawdry, foul, often devilish mocking of chastity and fidelity and family life so regularly portrayed in movies and on television and you see the problem. We have our work cut out for us to preserve and perpetuate both the holiness and the happiness of marriage. You can begin by showing the blessing, the reward, and the reality of a happy marriage in your own lives. But, as always, your first and most penetrating lessons to your students will be the lessons of your own life. You show them in word and deed that your marriage and your family mean everything to you because they should—they must.
Lucifer will make that harder and harder to do even as it becomes more and more important to do. A number of you commented about other troubling contemporary issues—issues that bring other kinds of fear, challenging the belief of our youth in sometimes aggressive ways. How do we stay true to the doctrine without offending our students? First of all I would say that offense is more likely to come in how we present the doctrine rather than in the doctrine itself. That is why I say our manner, our method, our attitude and compassion will, once they are understood by our students, allow us to be as direct and as firm as we must be in proclaiming the commandments of God.
Furthermore, I would ask you never to hesitate to teach true doctrine simply because you are afraid it might offend someone. We do not impose standards or behavior or beliefs on anyone. Maeser taking a group of missionaries across the Alps by following a homely set of sticks positioned at crucial points on the path, marking the safe way of passage.
Someone has to plant those doctrinal guide posts. So, we must skillfully, compassionately share with an individual student, or with society, that course of safety, that sometimes narrow trail of truth, that firm foundation and sure footing upon which if they stand they cannot fall. And a student cannot stand on such sure ground if he or she does not know where it is, and they cannot know where it is unless parents and leaders and teachers like you lead them to it and walk that way with them.
A firm foundation? The sure way? To what end? That strength, brothers and sisters, undergirds our position on every question of doctrine, history, or Church practice that can and often does arise as the work unfolds. You have heard those questions.
They are not new. They first arose in the neighborhood of Palmyra when the year-old Joseph first reported his heavenly vision, and they continue in one form or another to the present day. We have recently addressed a dozen or so of these issues in a series of essays, desiring to be both accurate and transparent within the framework of faith. Not all gospel questions have answers—yet—but they will come.
In the meantime, I have a question. Talk about a question! It is a mystery to me how those majestic, eternal, first-level truths so central to the grandeur of the whole gospel message can be set aside or completely dismissed by some in favor of obsessing over second- or third- or fourth-level pieces of that whole.
I readily acknowledge the very legitimate inquiries of many who are perfectly honest in heart. I also readily acknowledge that everyone has some gospel question or other yet to be answered. For me the greater pillars include those majestic truths mentioned earlier, their irreplaceable centrality in my life, and the realization that I simply could not live, I could not go on without them or without the blessings I have known or without the promises we have all been given in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Not in my lifetime! Not for me and my house! In so saying, I add again the witness of that young college-aged institute student who we have been quoting, who grew up to be the President of the Church. Never doubt it. When we are confronted with opposition, He will open the way when there appears to be no way. Let not the critics worry you.
Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us. Be of good cheer. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. They're not there to scare you.
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They're there to let you know that something is worth it. JoyBell C. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity. You are free. Brave is what you're doing. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back