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MarkPaul
22-25, M
United States
Days Active
6 Mths Active
Join Time
1st Week of SW
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20 Stories
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5 Questions
I Need Therapy
Session 13: I need therapy... "To tell you the truth, I was thinking about you and hoping I would see you before the holidays. I remember this is when you always feel like you need to talk. So, I am glad you are here." "Yeah, I gue...
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22-25, M
0 replies
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1 week ago
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I Am Feeling Left Out
Constructed to be solitary... I can recognize and acknowledge that I have been making steady progress in my social development journey. Several months ago, I agonized that I interacted with no one on a social level. I described the experience as bei...
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22-25, M
5 replies
45 views
2 mths ago
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I Need Therapy
Session 12: Finding support by feeling unsupported and crying about it... "It's been awhile, a long while..." "Yeah, I guess I know." "So, what's been going on? How are you?" "I think I realized something...
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22-25, M
1 reply
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3 mths ago
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I Am Going to Say Something Controversial
The idea that Donald Trump is a successful businessman is one largely promoted by him and Warren Buffet has disputed the idea. The idea that Donald Trump would keep us safe is one largely promoted by him and the former CIA Director has disputed the i...
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22-25, M
24 replies
61 views
3 mths ago
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I Know Sadness
The sadness that never leaves... It's always there. Sometimes it's active; other times it's idle. It remembers every moment and uses those moments to make its presence and power known even during its down time: The fear of asking ...
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22-25, M
5 replies
46 views
4 mths ago
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I Need More Positive Social Interactions
MAYBE... I can't deny that I have been making slow and steady progress in building more positive social interaction. It's been hard, but it's been enjoyable. I am able to engage in conversations, even initiate some of them. I don...
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22-25, M
6 replies
34 views
4 mths ago
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I Am Going to Say Something Controversial
From an American's perspective, here is why Donald Trump was chosen to lead the Republican Party, instead of some other contender? What some Americans see in DT that make him appear as the best option. [NOW with no censorship] D. Trump offers t...
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22-25, M
18 replies
55 views
4 mths ago
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Is human nature designed to prevent us from progressing beyond our capabilities?
It seems we have built-in speed bumps to prevent us from extending beyond certain capabilities. For example, on an individual level we might be (super) shy which blocks us from becoming too socially active. Likewise, as a human race, we subject ourse...
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22-25, M
10 replies
36 views
4 mths ago
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Community
Could energy be created by concentrating on a collective idea at a precise time?
If it were possible to get a substantive number of people to think about the precise same thing at precisely the same time, would the concentrated electrical impulses that the human brain creates generate any thought-energy that could be felt, collec...
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22-25, M
10 replies
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4 mths ago
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Community
Will human nature most likely be different as we colonize other planets?
As the probability of space travel becomes more and more likely, what is the probability that human nature will change as we become an interplanetary species? Or, will we simply take our hard-coded ways with us?
22-25, M
37 replies
37 views
4 mths ago
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Community
How bad is it that I get jealous when I see others in a relationship?
So... I have received good, sound advice here about not putting so much emphasis on being in a relationship and instead feeling secure and comfortable with being on my own. And, I genuinely am taking that advice to heart and have already made some ch...
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22-25, M
10 replies
29 views
4 mths ago
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Dating & Relationships
Is it possible to live a full life without ever being in a meaningful relationship?
I've been in relationships that seemed valuable in the moment, but from the distance of looking back, I don't know that they really were for either of us, in each and every case. More than likely, that says a lot about my deficiencies. But,...
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22-25, M
12 replies
38 views
4 mths ago
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Dating & Relationships
I Am Making Slow Progress
It's not so much a revelation as it is a slow acceptance to my root cause core problem. While I use "social anxiety" as a catch-all and convenient excuse, my real problem is... well, I mean it's probably anticlimactic and many ...
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22-25, M
0 replies
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4 mths ago
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I Am Afraid of Rejection
I hate to admit it, but I think one thing fueling my emptiness is that I feared rejection and let that fear rule me. Like a comedian alone on stage who is bombing, I treat each interaction I have with life-and-death precision. And, when I don't ...
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22-25, M
31 replies
90 views
5 mths ago
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I Need Social Interaction
Last year I had zero interactions and I felt invisible. This year, people talk to me and I talk to them. It's a form of success, I guess. But, it's not enough. It doesn't really qualify as social interaction, but it's all I have. ...
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22-25, M
3 replies
18 views
5 mths ago
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I'm Feeling Empty
I became intently observationally interested in 2 people at the gym tonight who came in together, shared a locker together, checked-in with each other during their workouts, left together, and got into the same car together. The fact that I know al...
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22-25, M
2 replies
58 views
5 mths ago
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I Hate Feeling Empty
And, so the cycle of hope-to-desperation continues... For a few moments every month, I convince myself there is hope for me. There is something to be said for looking on the bright side and feeling hopeful. But, at the same time, it seems necessar...
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22-25, M
7 replies
25 views
5 mths ago
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I Know Sadness
Remembering a sad moment: 20 July 2013 They sat without saying anything for quite some time occasionally glancing at each other. "Are you enjoying the book you are reading?" "Yes," was his reply. He had no energy to engage in co...
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22-25, M
4 replies
30 views
5 mths ago
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I Have Social Anxiety And Its Made Me Lonely
Still looking for a way out I can't say I am proud of my progress, but I am continuing to advance past what I thought was possible or of what I was capable. I more easily engage in conversations (like a "normal" person), it's n...
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22-25, M
3 replies
19 views
5 mths ago
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I Hate Feeling Empty
I Crash And Burn For No Reason From a personal development perspective as it relates to interaction, I am making progress. There are people at the gym (yes, I know everything social for me seems to revolve around the gym) with whom I have regular...
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22-25, M
0 replies
8 views
6 mths ago
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