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    Going out and having fun alone?

    Does anyone here ever go out alone? I have no one to go out with and I feel weird being alone in public places since everyone else seems to have a group of friends. I really hate shopping alone and hope no one pays attention to me. I never go to the movies because I dont want to be the only one watching the movie alone. Who else feels like this??

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    To be honest, sometimes the best times I go out is 'alone', other times it could be depressing or nerve racking. Whilst in the stores, I normally have music in my ears so it 'detracts' me.

    You could try to join one of those groups (ect, book meetings, or some sort of 'support' group). And hang out doing stuff your interested in?

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    I never thoguht of listening to music while shopping. I'll take that into consideration.

    Where is a good place to locate support groups? I'm clueless as to that.

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    I never thoguht of listening to music while shopping. I'll take that into consideration.

    Where is a good place to locate support groups? I'm clueless as to that.
    You don't need to listen. As long as you have headphones on it gives you an excuse to not socialize. Perfect for ppl like us.

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    I listen to music when I'm shopping, too. Sometimes I get overwhelmed if I don't. I do enjoy shopping alone as long as I'm in a larger store, where I can feel fairly anonymous. I don't like visiting small shops by myself if I haven't been in them before.

    I go to concerts by myself occasionally if I really want to see the show, though I have a lot of anticipatory anxiety and often feel strange once I'm there. I like going to the park and the beach by myself, but I do get the sense sometimes that I'm a hopeless, friendless oddball.

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    I never thoguht of listening to music while shopping. I'll take that into consideration.

    Where is a good place to locate support groups? I'm clueless as to that.
    There are a lot of meetup groups for people with social anxiety here : http://www.meetup.com/
    I've been to one and it's pretty low stress. It's also a great place to make new friends if you don't have a lot of other options.

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    I try to do a lot of outdoor activities like hiking and exploring back roads in the area. I'm always by myself though. I did go into a bar once but turned around and went right back out. I used to go out on very rare occasions. But I always had a friend with me to take the focus off of me. But now I have no one to go with.
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    I often shop alone. I've done it for so long, it doesn't even bother me. In fact, I kind of prefer it because I can take my time.

    As for the movie thing - I used to go alone, usually to matinees. But as I've aged, I've become a lot more... erm, frugal. I prefer to wait for the DVD.

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    I do things alone like hiking, going to gardens and museums and going to a movie. I've found that my companion when I'm alone is my camera. I try to focus on what I'm going to see and I block out all the people. I can be found every other week, chasing a squirrel through the Arboretum as I try getting the perfect shot. I also like going to movies alone because the time before the movies is a good time to think. I think I've just learned to block out others and not even see them. I focus more on beauty around me.
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    I actually prefer doing quite a number things alone. I can just take my time and not feel pressured to do anything I dont wanna do

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    I do lots alone. Let it empower you not stop you.

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    I don't mind going shopping alone, more anxious when with people and more so when clothes shopping. I really want to attempt going to a.concert alone as no one really shares my music taste.

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    Quote Koalafan View Post
    I actually prefer doing quite a number things alone. I can just take my time and not feel pressured to do anything I dont wanna do
    I feel the same way. I don't have to ask for anyone else's input about where or when. I just go.
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    ^ same here. I love to be by myself. Red Lobster is my favorite place to eat alone. I see people eating by themselves all the time anywhere I go.

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    I've gone to movies alone once or twice. It's one of the easier things to do alone I think. Just walk in there like you own the place and sit down. Don't even give yourself time to think about it and build up fear.

    I've also gone out to eat alone, but only if it's a very casual buffet. I wouldn't sit in a formal restaurant and be served alone though.

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