How do I feel okay about being alone?
January 12, 2008 8:24 PM Subscribe
How can I feel better about being alone?
posted by 235w103 to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Most of the traumas of my early life involved being left alone- when I was 12, I was left alone in a small town in Colorado for about a week; at 16, my mother entered a mental hospital and I spent a month living by myself. In part because of these experiences, I have a huge fear of being left alone and losing friends. I try to keep up with people, somewhat obsessively, and will generally do anything to keep friends. This has been extremely detrimental to a few of my relationships, as well as my own mental health. How can I learn to enjoy my own company more? I already do a fair amount of solitary activity- reading, writing, etc.- but I need to get to the point where any night that I spend alone doesn't end with me "staring off into the middle distance while listening to 'Great Gig in the Sky'."