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  1. lurknomore

    Article: emotional pain = physical pain?

    At least in the ways that our bodies react to it, according to a new study. Brain Eases the Pain of Social Rejection | Psych Central News So maybe a lot of us that suffer from social anxiety and other similar disorders just have an abnormal opioid response. I know I'm a wuss when it comes to...
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    Peer pressure- experiences or lack thereof

    I remember when I was in grade school hearing all of these things about peer pressure, and that as you get older you have to deal with it more and more, learn to cope, resist it etc, but as I went through my teenage/young adult years, I really never had to deal with it at all. I know that all...
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    "Why you truly never leave high school"

    Why You Never Truly Leave High School -- New York Magazine Interesting article, but it's kind of long. Basically what it's saying is that what happens to us as adolescents sticks with us more/longer than any other time in our lives, and American high schools are pretty much the worst...
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    Article on Perfectionism

    This doesn't talk about Social Anxiety (only mentions it as a potential disorder that perfectionists can suffer from), but I found it pretty interesting, and hit home for me in a lot of ways. Perhaps striving for perfection is one thing that could be at the heart of things like SA, OCD, AvPD...
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    Avoiding emotion

    Lately I've been thinking that my avoidance is just as much (or more) about avoiding emotions than it is about people and relationships- or that perhaps avoiding people is just a side effect of not being able to handle emotions. I get easily overwhelmed- and it may just be part of depression...
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    You might be socially anxious if...

    This is an idea that I've stolen from another forum- only in that one it was "you might be AvPD if..."-I think it could be fun here- it's like the Jeff Foxworthy routine of "you might be a redneck if..."- and you could substitute something else for "socially anxious" if you want-like "Avpd,"...
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    Born avoidant?

    I'm not sure how to word this, but here goes. I feel like I've actually had very few moments where I've felt socially anxious, because as far back as I can remember, I've avoided everything. I can't remember any specific early instances of rejection, yet I still have always avoided social...
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    The path of least anxiety- stop caring and stop trying

    Lately I've realized that I keep my anxiety levels low by simply not attempting the things that cause me the most anxiety, and convincing myself that I don't care that I haven't accomplished whatever that happens to be. But it seems that my "tolerance" for anxiety is getting lower and lower. I...
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    Book about AvPD

    Here is a link to a book about AvPD. I haven't read the whole thing yet, as it's impossible with a slow internet connection, and a lot of it is technical jargon, but I thought some might find it interesting/useful. It's Martin Kantor's "Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and...
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    Is reality too... real?

    I'm not sure if I can explain this very well, but it seems to me that sometimes when I get to experience things that "normal" people do, it seems unreal, alien, or repulsive even. Like what I imagine it would be like ends up being much better, or just very different from actually experiencing...
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    Another sad story in the news :(

    Ala. girl jumps to death; bullying investigated - Life-
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    Does anyone else feel like they lack creativity/originality?

    This has bothered me for a while, but only recently was I able to really put my finger on it. I feel like I don't have a creative bone in my body, and (no exaggeration) I've never had an original thought/idea in my life. Even when it comes to my favorite subject (music), I can't create my own...
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    Happy Thanksgiving :P

    I think I've figured out why I don't like pumpkin pies... just look at how they're made :eek:
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    Angst songs

    I see threads for happy and sad songs... figured we needed an angst/angry song thread. For songs that you just want to sit in your room and crank up really loud. When you're angry, stressed, or just don't care about anything at the given moment. Here are a few of mine- please add your own...