> “If you avoid conflict to keep the peace, you start a war inside yourself.”
— Cheryl Richardson
Constant tension with a hint of bitterness. That’s what it feels like to have a
Everyone says you aren’t supposed to care what people think. But most of us
We get caught up in the teenager mentality of climbing social ladders, making
good impressions, and
You’re probably thinking, “why the hell would anyone do this?” Well, I’ll tell
Jia Jiang [https://www.rejectiontherapy.com/about-jia], an introverted
entrepreneur, got a wild idea one day. He
We are experiencing a loneliness epidemic
in the western world.
Modern life creates barriers to connecting with others that did not exist in the
Sometimes you get the vibe that you don’t belong.
You can’t call it a consequence of being introverted. Many introverts excel in
social situations. No, I’m talking about feeling uncomfortably
You want to talk about self-consciousness? Here's a little story:
I was 15 years old. My hair was greasy, my voice was shaky, and I stumbled
awkwardly into my art class. I didn’
Being locked in your head makes it hard to be social. I should know.
If I was around people I didn’t know, I would feel like an unwelcome stranger. I
This is what social anxiety and self-denial look like. And this is what you
should never, ever do. No matter how shy you are.
I took a leap in 2018. I went on
“How the hell did she not hear me?”
I was making small talk with a customer at my job. I said something clearly,
audibly, and without mumbling, to her face. She completely ignored
I botched the shit out of a handshake today. It’s still gnawing at me. Have you
ever done that?
My jiu-jitsu coach was the victim.
We had just finished our sparring session
Some people walk through life so petrified of others they can hardly breathe.
That's social anxiety.
Here’s how I always felt it. Maybe you can relate:
Before I spoke with someone, I