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Why am I always afraid that my co-workers dislike me?

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Last Updated: 01/28/2020 at 4:18am
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Monique Thompson, LPC, LPC-S

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I am in my 21st year as a psychotherapist. I have worked with over 3, 000 people over the course of my career.

Top Rated Answers
November 16th, 2015 2:35am
Being insecure about co-workers is hard! You have to see them nearly everyday. My personal experience has showed me that there are going to be people in your life who just do not like you, and for whatever that reason may be, sometimes you just can't change that. The best thing you can do is to confront them with your issue! How are you supposed to know if you don't ask? Don't torture yourself every time you say good morning. Enjoy your life, don't stress over something you can't help. It's one or a few people out of over 7-billion. Besides, I think your cool! ;)
June 3rd, 2015 5:27pm
Because all wants to feel accepted and loved. And nobody wants to deal with rejection. And its even harder if we have to see this people everyday.
July 28th, 2015 3:03am
Everyone (including myself) at some point in their life has the same fear of not being accepted, liked, etc. Personally, I just learned not to care so much and be confident in who I am. This is a built in human fear and is completely normal for it to happen; Don't worry too much.
August 29th, 2016 3:35am
You are afraid that your co-workers dislike you because you are not confidant and need to work on that area.
- Expert in Work Stress
September 13th, 2016 3:11am
Could be a inferiority complex that you have within yourself. Could be caused by lack of self confidence.
April 14th, 2015 1:05am
Sometimes we place our worth into the hands of others instead of accepting that not everyone will like us.
May 11th, 2015 11:08am
I'm really weird in a way. My beliefs have always been different. I'm a bit afraid that they'll judge me for what I like and believe. But I know that if people won't accept me then I'll find others who will.
July 13th, 2015 7:33am
Work someone times can be over whelming and stressful and you feel like people are looking down on you, i wouldn't stress about it !
August 6th, 2018 5:32pm
Try not to worry about approval and acceptance, try to be honest and to be yourself, fear is a liar.
January 28th, 2020 4:18am
Maybe you are very self-aware. It is likely that you have mastered the art of people pleasing. I wonder whether you will get anxious because you are afraid of being dislike. You are not alone though. I used to feel the same. Then I realized that it is very possible that toxic people will notice it and try to take advantage of my tendency. I paid less attention to self-care because I would prefer to share other people's workloads instead of saying no. It is not easy to try too hard to please everyone except myself. Don't get me start talking about feeling guilty about something that has nothing to do with me in the first place.