Stop caring what people think
Hi Nat, welcome
A good question, as a family we have always worried about others thoughts, whether we have approval or not...and sensitivity, I'm the king of that.
Let's not worry about how we got here on these issues, likely guilt played a large part, a flaw in our upbringing, or in my case a traumatic event at 12yo that, as I found out at 53yo set off an illness called dysthymia which is responsible for my sensitivity.
So there could be an unknown illness you are carrying you are unaware of that need specialist care.
To help you further, please google the following and read the first post of each-
Beyondblue Topic worry worry worry
Beyondblue Topic who cries over spilt milk?
Beyondblue Topic depression and sensitivty a connection?
Beyondblue Topic sensitivity beyond reasonable
Beyondblue Topic festering issues or moving on
Beyondblue Topic sensitivity break the cycle
Beyondblue Topic guilt the tormentor
Beyondblue Topic fortress of survival
Beyondblue Topic fortress of survival part 2
I promise you Nat, you will benefit from those posts.
Be proud you have come here to question why you are dwelling on others thoughts. That alone means you are insightful and witty. You have positives you can embrace so its not all bad.
Reply anytime here, more than happy to chat
Welcome to the forum. I am so pleased you found your way here and spoke about what hurts and upsets you.
It is difficult to keep a sense of individuality and self esteem when you have been accustomed to put downs and derogatory remarks. And of curse every time something goes wrong you immediately accuse yourself of being useless and a waste of time. It's not true of course. Very rarely is anyone a waste of space because we all have something to offer.
I know you do not believe this and I have found it hard as well. So many people who write in here feel as you do and long to feel confident. It's a long road to travel so make up your mind it will not happen quickly. You need to keep count of all your successes and ignore those areas where you believe you have made a mistake. Again not easy as the emotion washes over you and you feel someone has emptied a bucket of water over you.
May I ask if there are any specific areas you are particularly concerned about? Anything you consistently feel you do wrong. What about those things you do right? Often they are small things that most people ignore. Like chatting to a neighbour or perhaps getting something from the shops. Helping others in what you feel is a small way and I suspect you think everyone does. Not true. It's the exception not the rule to show kindness to others.
So how about looking at these small kindnesses and plan to continue to do these and other similar kindnesses. It will not seem like much to start with but if you keep a note of these I think you will realise how much help you give, and all without being asked. Please keep a record of these things, not because you want to show off but because it will help to accept you have a lot of goodness in you.
This does not sound anything like you expected does it? Moving in small ways and accepting you can do this without feeling judged by others who have no idea what you do and what a worthwhile person you are, may not sound as though you are becoming more self confident. But it is exactly these small ways that build a solid foundation for you.
Can you try this for a few weeks? Keep a record and meanwhile write in here and tell us how you feel. It is bringing these acts to your consciousness that helps to stand tall. Have a go and we can talk about the next step when you feel better about yourself.