6 Signs You Worry Too Much About What Others Think of You
As much as we’d like to show that we don’t care about what others think about us, we do. Some people are so preoccupied with it that they seldom participate in things they like. Whether it’s the embarrassment or the fear of being laughed at, caring too much only holds us back from what we want.
Here are a few signs to know if you worry too much about what others think of you.
1. You want everyone to like you.
To ensure everyone likes you, you do and say things that aren’t you. You aren’t living your authentic life, which leaves you feeling miserable and alone. When you continuously do or say what others want, you are cheating yourself on what you want. It’s impossible to please everyone all of the time.
2. You can’t say no
Whenever someone asks for your favour, you feel obliged to help them. Even when that might affect your job or another aspect of your life. You have difficulty saying no because you don’t want to disappoint them. If they feel disappointed, you worry they will stop liking you.
3. You are worried about what you say.
You constantly think about what you are saying and your manner of speaking. You are your worse critic, and you continuously self-censor yourself. Taking the safe route every time will make you seem like the quiet, shy type. You will surely miss opportunities to share your opinions/ideas and form new relationships.
4. You are over-analyzing yourself.
You are constantly trying to observe every one check if anyone has noticed you falling short of expectations. More importantly, you are trying to look at yourself from someone else’s angle. The constant worrying and thinking will never make you satisfied with how you are and you do things.
5. You don’t take feedback well.
Even though you know that feedback is good for you and will help you excel, you can’t deal with it. Constructive criticism gets you down, which leads to you telling yourself that you are not good enough.
6. You don’t ask for help.
Even when you are taking yourself out of your comfort zone to prove helpful to others, you feel hesitant to ask for anyone’s help. You worry that you will be judged for not being competent enough to handle things independently.