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How to Love Without Worries When You’re a Socially Anxious People-Pleaser

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“It’s okay to care about what people think. Just know there’s a difference between valuing someone’s opinion and needing their approval.” ~Lori Deschene My date—an attractive student in her twenties—talked away excitedly, but all I could think of was this: “How can I make her like me?” “How can I impress her?” “How can I make her laugh?” I agonized over every word that I said, every response from her, every moment of our interaction, and I poured every single detail that I could find—or imagine—under the microscope of my mind… and all of a sudden, the date was over!

As we said goodbyes and as I walked out of the cafe, I recalled the conversation. Wait. What did we talk about? What did I say?

To my horror, all I could remember were my . I said the wrong thing! She frowned! I mumbled! It got even more awkward! At that very moment, I felt trapped in a hell of my own.

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