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Breaking Out of My Shell

Group Therapy: Trying to Break Out of My Homebody Shell

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I'm trying to break away from my homebody ways. I'm 27, haven't had a boyfriend in over five years, and I don't really have a lot of friends. I joined meetup.com, but not everything is of interest, and I'm debating which dating sites bring out the best results.

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ArmagonAuthor ArmagonAuthor 5 years
It also helps to chat with people who you run into while doing your day-to-day activities. Make a joke about the long lineup to the person in front of you, ask someone's advice on which kind of ice cream is the best flavor, or comment on someone's cute shoes. Even if you aren't talking for the sake of flirting or making friends, learning to talk with strangers is a good step towards being able to do both of these easier. Good luck!
kat3 kat3 5 years
I like the interesting choice of photo - Asian girl with a book. Stereotypical much?
lrakins54 lrakins54 5 years
I agree with the above, find a place to volunteer at, its a great way to meet people. Join a professional networking group related to your career or get involved with your college alumni group.
missmaryb missmaryb 6 years
Try out for a local play if you have any interest in theater. Just go for a small part, like the chorus or a part with a couple lines. I suggest this because I have a family member who is involved with theater and she credits her "coming out of her shell" to her first play. She has become so outgoing and has met so many people, just through our local community theater (and you meet single guys lol). If that's not your thing, I agree with the charity idea, or taking a class (our community college offers "fun" classes like genealogy, history of rock music, cake decorating, etc). You will meet people with similar interests and expand your own as well. Join a gym. Take a class at the gym that will put you with the same people each week. Keep your eye on the newspaper and community events to see what's out there. You'd be surprised! No matter what you do, choose things that will expose you to the same group of people on a regular basis. That's how you'll make friends. Good luck!
pax4pax pax4pax 6 years
Do charity work in your community. Volunteer for stuff, wherever. Get into different interests. You can change.
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