Not only that, more importantly, we need to connect in order to thrive and live happily. Why do some people still hold “never talk to strangers” as their mantra? I can tell you’re a very special person and that this world needs more people like you. In fact, Mental Health America found that 71 percent of people surveyed turned to friends or family in times of stress. Sometimes being neutral, especially when you’re new, letting others ‘work’ you and your family out .. makes life easier. For empaths, this can make all types of relationships highly challenging—whether platonic, romantic, familial, or even work-related—because empaths continuously, either consciously or subconsciously, sense other people’s energy states. To connect to another player's server, log into Minecraft, select Multiplayer from the main menu, click the Add Server button, and enter the IP or web address of that server. Most of our ability to truly connect is learned from a very young age. Whew! (Yes, I know I struggle with pride too!) Call 911 if you’re thinking about hurting yourself or others. They think if they let themselves become transparent (letting people see the ‘real’ them), they’ll be exiled and condemned as a weirdo. With social media becoming our future, people are more likely to connect from their home, rather than stepping outside and meeting somebody in person. Some individuals with a history of childhood trauma might choose friends or partners who are hurtful or abusive. For an introvert, a friendship has to be meaningful. But regardless of what you want, you should connect, connect, and connect some more. Rejection is one of the main reasons people don’t just get out there and start connecting. HOW CONNECTIONS HELP Your friend gets your joke. I would ask to evaluate the I admit that my initial thoughts on connecting were based on the “never talk to strangers” mindset. If you don't know the IP of a server, thousands of public Some of these individuals are so convinced that they’ll be rejected that they inadvertently behave in ways that provoke the other person to do this. Unfortunately, this vice has been a major factor in why I often get burned out. Technology has put so much of a barrier between us that we forgot the people who use them (such as you behind the screen). I just don't do it very often. My youngest friendship is … great post! we develop presence and we learn to let go…the rest is easy. There can definitely be other reasons, this list is not comprehensive and all people are unique. Gone are the days when people proclaimed that all chat rooms are dangerous. We immediately scan how different we are Hi, Talk to those who resonate with you and your message. We’re Baby Boomers so I hope this is a generational issue that’s passing away with the next generation. P.S. I believe there are 5 key reasons we keep ourselves from truly feeling love, respect and appreciation -- why we block ourselves from letting it in, and healing from it. This is why I like to prepare a few questions to keep in mind before I go out with people. Parents play a big part in our ability to connect with others, and overprotective ones tend to hinder that ability. Good to see you here, man. If you’ve been keeping to yourself or having difficulties with interpersonal relationships, it could be a sign that you have childhood trauma. If so that fight might have something to do with where you have placed your focus. I can’t believe this! Society has focused on self-esteem And fear has never done anything positive for anyone. Fear of rejection is only a state of mind and if we adopt a habit that fear is always going to be a part of us, then it will be easier to connect with people that we are afraid of. Ultimately, if we really want to connect meaningfully with others, we have to do it in-person. I personally believe it is because of these three big reasons: As a kid growing up, there wasn’t a day I watched TV that there wasn’t an announcement of something horrible. Sadly, being in relationships with hurtful people can make trauma-sufferers that much more fearful about getting involved with the next person, resulting in further social withdrawal. Why Do Some People Survive and Others Struggle? We became ostracized, however, when we supported a political issue that our older neighbors did not, and they didn’t hesitate to tell us in colorful language why we were wrong. Sign up here for my free monthly wellness newsletter. It seems that for many people these days, it’s gotten a lot harder to connect with others. It can take the shape of severe parental neglect or abandonment; boundary violations or exploitation; constant criticism or undermining; parental addiction(s) or incarceration; physical assault or sexual molestation; experiences of profound loss or fear, or living in unstable or dangerous environments. Try not to get an emotional sugar rush reading these things. I get that there could be connectivity issues for some but when all devices mentioned are within one metre of the wireless router and some have superb connection and others are unable to connect or have access denied, it is not down to the WiFi not reaching parts of the house that I have an issue with, its as if the router is only allowing access to either a limited or a select list … Consider Childhood Trauma. Now I’ve learned so much about the world. While I do agree (wholeheartedly) that everyone is unique, that doesn’t mean we can’t connect. It all depends on how we manage it and adjust to blend into the environment. Self-sensitivity preserves your health and increases your ability to understand others. I have found most people too busy to connect with someone new, or their social life is already full. These 5 tips may help you connect and feel less alone. When our neighbors moved in, I always took food and welcomed them to the neighborhood. If you’re looking for some fun topics to talk about, check out my free Dynamic Dialogue conversation starters pack to create engaging connections with others. It sounds like you are saying a version of the same . 1. Your email address will not be published. Problems like stress, posttraumatic stress, health concerns, depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, feeling out of place or disconnected, or difficulties with memory may interfere with strong relationships.Family members and friends may not understand these problems very well, including how they can affect relationships. Some people these days are just suspicious of kindhearted individuals like you because they think there is some hidden ulterior motive behind good actions. Long lasting relationships can be found anywhere, both on- and offline. Sure it may be harder for some to connect than others, but that doesn’t mean that the ones who have it harder shouldn’t connect at all. That sure is true about fear of rejection or feeling like you’re not going to be up to par to what others expect. Of course, INFPs aren’t the only Myers-Briggs personality type that can struggle to connect with others. It would take me several interactions with someone before opening up on any kind of real level would feel appropriate. I’ve been meditating for 6 months now. Here are a few examples of why you struggle to build a romantic relationship with your empathic soulmate . It really is a simple idea. But occasionally especially with people and community relationships a little easing in, is probably better than alienating them, or being cut off .. You may struggle to feel in sync with people We need to push this fear of connecting and fear of rejection aside. Overbearing parents tend to keep their children close to them (partly due to the risk touched upon in the first point) and are always ready to retort their child’s plea for adventure with the remark, “You’re too young to understand.” In effect, this implants in their minds a certain misconception that you have to be a certain age before you can make your own decisions, even on things that require you to break out of your comfort zone. We vilify those who don’t agree with us. But bidding your time and waiting for people to notice you will get you no where. The lack of civility is a hot topic in editorials. I hope you’re the one giving out the smiles the next time you get on the bus! You’re spot on, Tristan. In fact, there’s some evidence that making friends can be hard for everyone , … I’m friendly with everyone I meet from cashiers to fellow commuters, but I can’t say that it’s always returned. Great thoughts, Serenity Hacker! Step a little bit out of your comfort zone and you’re sure to be rewarded. As an introvert, the small-talk many seem to enjoy doesn’t feel like connecting to me. Sometimes we may need to spend some time looking at the past experiences that have impacted us. Others, like Ted Bundy, are more cunning in hiding their extreme pathology but obviously struggle to relate to others in a normal, healthy fashion. How to Live in Harmony with Others. Except for one family on the street, no one acknowledges us now. Yet we’re all human beings, though in different shapes and sizes, we’re all riding that train together. But our ego’s make it difficult to enforce. Living with harmony with others is easier said than done, especially in a world filled with conflict, catastrophes, and differing opinions. Yes, I certainly agree that the news can put much fear into the air around everything. It takes courage to do it, but what takes the most work, yields the most profit in the long run. Relationships take time to grow, but you won’t have one if you don’t strike up a conversation. There is ALWAYS another chance to make a lifelong friend. Dr. Jennifer Howard Titles similar to “BREAKING NEWS: KIDNAPPER ON THE LOOSE” or “INTERNET PREDATOR STRIKES AGAIN” would normally pop up across the screen. Hey Art, nice to hear your thoughts. Humans are social animals: We crave feeling supported, valued and connected. If there was a choice between chatting with you online, and meeting you face to face, I’d pack my bags in a heartbeat :). It’s a dating book but also talks about just meeting strangers in general. That’s really great advice. Notice it when things do not feel quite right while you are ensconced in your device. But through being honest, searching for help and consistently using the techniques I’ve learned to control the anxiety, I’ve developed support both externally and internally and made great strides in bettering my life. This happens because everyone prefers the familiar, and hurtful people today remind these individuals of the hurtful people from their past. In other words, find the person who looks the least comfortable and go talk to him or her. I’m soon to be 31 and the my days of making friends have passed! Why We Are Wired to Connect Scientist Matthew Lieberman uncovers the neuroscience of human connections—and the broad implications for how … I've had relationships with 2 females since I was 19. John Anyasor is the founder of his personal development blog. Here is my point of view: I’m more centered and calm because of it. So what i am driving at is everyone is unique and there is nothing right or wrong in the above traits. We share something so common between us, yet most people look around and see differences. Veterans who have experienced traumatic events … I think connecting with others would be easier for everyone if we had courses in how to actively listen. These individuals can conduct the majority of their “relationships” on-line, in order to minimize the risks getting hurt. 31 thoughts on “Why You Struggle to Connect With Others” Tristan Lee October 19, 2009 at 6:54 am I think it’s easier to connect with “anybody” via the internet. Lisa’s comments can reflect and I’ve experienced similar – but having learnt that lesson .. Talk to the ones you resonate with, and pass by the ones you don’t. I just blend in .. and don’t jump in – wait and see how things develop and sometimes I’m so pleased I didn’t make that move – as I’m sure I’d experience Lisa’s rather unfortunate experiences. In the first scenario, it’s the news and media, in the second, it’s your parents, and in the third, it’s to just about everybody else. Rejection is a part of life. They often feel awkward and anxious in social situations, leading to upsetting interactions which only reinforce their sense of alienation. All of this could lead them to isolate themselves and avoid closeness with others. What's more, some find it particularly difficult to connect with other women and might on occasion wonder: Why don't I have female friends? My youngest friendship is more than 7 years old, and my best friendship goes back to the 5th grade (over 20 years old). For empaths, this can make all types of relationships highly challenging—whether platonic, romantic, familial, or even work-related—because empaths continuously, either consciously or subconsciously, sense other people’s energy states. It takes a lot of time and hard work to control severe anxiety, and I know mine will never truly go away. They are all helping you bust stress and boost well-being. (This is an example of how our psychological defense mechanisms backfire, giving us exactly what we’re trying to avoid.). Marcia's practice is currently full and she is not taking new patients. I doubt people who’ve lived the best lives stayed in the same place for too long or talked to the same people forever. Interesting post. A personality disorder means that the way you see the world, and therefore the ways you behave, just don’t match the way that most people see things . I understand what you mean, both you and Lisa. What is wrong with the world today? In my years as a psychotherapist, I’ve noted that people with significant childhood trauma tend to struggle more than most with their relationships. However all people we meet – we need to be with them at their level, sharing their interests, their culture, learning from them if appropriate, and being polite – some definitely won’t match up and then one just smiles and stops or move on. If anything she is stronger because of them. Congrats! Required fields are marked *. There’s no substitute for in-person contact in terms of the emotional nourishment we receive and the social skills we develop. Joyce Catlett, M.A., author and lecturer, has collaborated with Dr. Robert Firestone in writing 12 books and numerous professional articles. This leads people to falsely believe that the only people who could ever truly understand their ‘real’ selves are themselves. If childhood trauma is something you’ve experienced, doing this work could make it that much easier for you to connect with others and create meaningful, lasting relationships. I always try to learn from others’ comments and posts – thanks Hilary. Talking to someone who shares the same feeling as you – it connects you. Gone are the days when your social circle was limited to your coworkers around the water cooler. We learn this from how our primary caretaker was able to connect in general and connect to us in particular. When we meet … Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. I'm quite a bit older than that, now. How connected we feel to others is a strong predictor of our happiness and feelings of self-worth. I’m glad you read that book. From the local pub to the cafe across the street, from the stands at the little league baseball field to one of the seemingly infinite number of online chat rooms, people are constantly connecting with each other. P.S. If you so choose, you can have friends from all over the world while never stepping foot outside your front door (editor’s note: not recommended). @Nea Your exactly right! However, when connecting is such an easy thing to do, why is it that some people still find it hard (and almost scary) to take part in? But extroverts only give a very small, limited amount of time in the beginning. I quite often talk to people, not always – if I’m in a place where I don’t need to be doing something (eg the bus, or the train), but can just get gather my thoughts – quite nice! Sometimes, emotional outbursts might be a little over the top, and potentially embarrassing. But not all pots of energy mesh well with one another. My ability to communicate effectively with others has been critical to my success as a manager. I'm quite a bit older than that, now. I’m glad you found interest in my post! I just don't do it very often. Personally, I find that people are more polarized, cynical and insular. My answer is: social media groups. That ship has sailed. The solution to all of these problems is quite simple really: all you have to do is take fate into your own hands. Self-compassion, on the other hand, emphasizes connection with others, based on a shared experience of suffering and struggle that we all face. … People with a history of childhood trauma might believe that others will only want to associate with them if they’re a people-pleaser or care-taker. Dr. Marcia Sirota discusses the impact politics has on mental health with Devon Peacock, Dr. Marcia Sirota discusses how we can remain hopeful for what the future holds for us in 2021 while also acknowledging we’re still living through far from normal times with Jess Brady, Dr. Marcia Sirota discusses how the pandemic year has affected our lifestyles and psychology with Arlene Bynon, Constant Workplace Interpersonal Conflicts? These individuals have trouble getting close to other people, and when they do connect with others, the relationships they form aren’t always constructive ones. Individuals with emotional wounds from a hurtful childhood often feel uncomfortable around other people and don’t know how to act. These can be minor to severe, depending on the severity and duration of the trauma, the presence of parental support during the traumatic events; as well as the innate resilience of the child who experienced them. I used to take the bus to campus and it would sometimes be so hard to start conversations because the atmosphere would be so tense. That’s why … Lisa may have had difficult experiences, but that doesn’t change the person who she is now. In my opinion, it’s easier to approach someone when you know you’ll never see them again if the interaction doesn’t work out. @Hilary, I see what you’re saying. Thanks for your comment :). I’ve made this mistake before actually – if I’d just smiled to that certain person, maybe we could’ve been friends. Unfortunately, people who’ve experienced childhood trauma are at an even greater disadvantage when it comes to forming attachments. Whilst there are many reasons why people find it hard to know how to respond to emotion, people who can’t make an emotional connection will struggle to react in an appropriate way. I also noticed, however, that this ability to connect deeply with other people, is the lifeblood of all the important relationships in my life. We may not be invincible (we are human after all) that doesn’t mean we should seal ourselves away from the world. Thanks for sharing this, Marie – I’ll always remember it. As you said, we’re all human. I can connect with others just fine. While some people might make polite conversation only to turn around and roll their eyes, these people actually want We look back on how we could have communicated with certain folks months ago, and missed the opportunity, and how it could have helped us a lot if we had put aside our thoughts of what they would think. Smiling is a great start, though. I believe people today are more interested in connecting with their technology than connecting with people. Ultimately, if we really want to connect meaningfully with others, we have to do it in-person. People with childhood trauma may have deep (and valid) needs for love and nurturing that weren’t met when they were growing up. http://www.DrJenniferHoward.com. Here are some easy ways to be the listener your employees need to … Joyce Catlett, M.A. Take those chances and reach out to them. Childhood trauma can have long-term consequences, and the struggle to connect with others is one of the most significant of these. All you’ve got to do is ask for it. Most of the challenges that teams and advisors come to coaches and consultants with, can be solved by shifting the way in which we interact and communicate with each other so that we're intentionally trying to get the best results from others and from ourselves in what we call our 'natural state.' Your email address will not be published. While it’s important to know what’s going on the world, these messages made it seem like the only way to avoid instances like this are to stop going out at night and stay out of every online community. Serp I think you refine the points here very well; that which we focus on most ourselves is that which we are reluctant to compromise on in others. I have to put aside any hesitations based on this thinking, as hindsight says that it is worthless. But we can still connect to the Internet through a wireless router with other devices still. Do both and you’ll be much better off. This is still a problem as I often see this in public. Likewise, in a smaller town, the focus is on who you are and how you connect with others, as opposed to what you achieve or who you appear to be. It is our differences that make us who we are. They broadened their horizons and added a little diversity into the mix. They enter into co-dependent relationships and when these invariably fall apart, they’re more fearful than ever of being hurt. Some believe that they can get these needs met in their adult relationships. Your doctor is a good resource as well. In individuals who’ve experienced childhood trauma, all of these stages can be disrupted. Regardless of what form the trauma takes, a lack of parental support combined with a higher degree of personal susceptibility to the traumatic events can lead to the formation of emotional wounds, and often, disorders of attachment. Or, we regard listening as somehow passive (why?). Glad you enjoyed it :). Sometimes, their deep ambivalence about closeness makes them behave in ways that are confusing or off-putting to others. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. When we meet people, we inherently put our radar up. Gone are the days of never talking to strangers. Like I mentioned in the last point, those who connect well with others are genuinely interested in other people. For the most part, it seems everyone has their set number of friends or circle and there is no room for me. Childhood trauma can have life-long repercussions. However, if you focus on showing that You are welcome to ask questions but she cannot give medical advice online. In emotionally intact adults, connecting to others comes relatively easy. S/he wants the connection as much as you do. Tracey Harris 15 January 2014 | 7:00 AM PA Could it just be that there is an unseen epidemic, insidious, hidden, lurking ready to raise its ugly head with every disappointment or setback? Your email address will not be published. There may be times when the other person's attention is focused upon other matters, but be patient and reach out in a loving way. I ride public transportation and sometimes it amazes me how many people are there for the long, same ride, yet don’t speak a word to each other, and barely smile. The power of positive thinking is at the foundation of our survival. Hey Jennifer! @Kaushik, thanks for your thoughts. More and more, we’re so busy and over-extended that we have little time to spend with the people we care about. If we continue on this path, we’ll miss out on getting to know people who are just like us. You have to take charge of your life: you have to connect. Some really enjoy the interaction. The second group told us they didn’t want anyone in their group that had kids because they’d just redecorated. Others have already answered this very well, however I have to ask you this: Have you always been like that (since childhood), or did it happen reasonly? Copyright © 2021 Possibility Change | Powered by Astra WordPress Theme. Introverts and empaths often struggle to make friends. Hilary Melton-Butcher More and more, our “relationships” are carried out through social media as opposed to in-person. Your email address will not be published. Hesitation breeds fear, while action fuels courage. Take a chance and reach out. It just takes a little less shyness to be able to introduce yourself and break the ice. In another example, we recently started attending a church and offered to join a supper group but were told that by the first group had to “hold a vote” to decide if they would allow us to attend. Why It Works: This candidate’s response shows important listening and problem-solving skills, which are good indicators of being able to work well with others. In other words, there is an organic time stamp on different friendships – some are set to last for a short time, others for a longer period of time, and others for a … The only way you can escape it is if you’re nothing and completely forgettable. It’s called, “Always Talk to Strangers”. If you Positive Letters Inspirational Stories. Your spouse hugs you hello. Childhood trauma can have long-term consequences, and the struggle to connect with others is one of the most significant of these. So many people are starved for someone to listen to them, and they end up talking over others. I saw your first video on Timeless Information. Do you struggle to connect with others? Of course, the fewer in-person relationships we have and the more on-line ones we have, the lonelier we’re likely to feel. You may need to go a bit deeper, by working with a therapist or counselor to heal your childhood trauma. What sets Old Souls apart from others is their deeper level of maturity or wisdom, and with this wisdom comes the need to live and love authentically. Or even find you just don’t even want to connect, and can’t comprehend why others do? Whether you want to connect with people socially, make a great first impression, or to build connections for work, it can be a bit intimidating to find a way to bond with people, at first. I guess for me, I have a fear of rejection. I struggle to trust that someone else will do something as good as I would. And we’re all there, human and connected. This last group of people is the most interesting people as they are good at pointing out things that people can;t usually see. As adults, our job is to take charge by way of healing whatever wounds from what was lacking or overbearing from our childhood wounding. Is it just me? Can you really survive without someone to connect with? If that’s what you want. I think it’s easier to connect with “anybody” via the internet. Just to quote some examples, some people tend to be more easy going and blend well into the environment; while some people tend to be more stubborn/ persistent and like to ask a lot of questions; some people are what we call Mr/Mrs reverse who have the great ability to look at things from different perspective. You’re not a kid anymore. I agree that the 3 things you listed above have the potential to contribute to struggles in adult lives. These are all possible signs of a personality disorder , a common reason connecting with people is an issue. The outdated saying of ‘never talk to strangers’ doesn’t apply. It’s funny how much value we place on the thoughts of others when in reality, everyone is scared of what everybody thinks of them. . Energy flows between two people. Your co-worker offers congrats. They might be terrified of being hurt, exploited, abandoned or rejected. Everyone seems so wrapped up in their own thoughts yet no one is reaching out to connect, even for just a moment. These individuals have difficulty forming close bonds, either because they don’t expect people to stick around or because after everything they’ve been through, it’s difficult for them to open their heart to someone else. Now I guess you have no problems connecting at all :). Lead 5 Reasons Why Employees Don't Speak Up and How to Fix It We all say we value 'a good listener.' April is all about spring cleaning our minds. For an introvert, a friendship has to be meaningful. By not talking to strangers you can miss out on a wonderful conversation and the sharing of ideas. What we all have in common, however, is that we all benefit from being able to connect to others, and that not being able to directly affects our quality of life and even, research now shows, our physical health and longevity. This started a couple of days ago. 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