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I’m quite shy and I have trouble making friends. What do you do to make friends as an adult? I seem to push people away from me and don’t like asking people if they want to head out (in non-COVID times). I don’t feel like I mesh well with people and I’m just a bit awkward.

Do you have any tips for making friends? Being less socially awkward?

Posted anonymously, 19th July 2021

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  • Yes, I know where you’re coming from. I have anxiety, and social situations are awkward for me. Apparently I don’t show this outwardly though, which is interesting. I tend to socialize with mum’s I’ve managed to connect with at my daughter’s school. But maybe have a look at your local libraries or community centres, and see if there’s a group that interests you such as a book club or craft club. Then you’ve got some common ground to start from. If you’re in Perth, certain libraries and community centres have women’s groups that meet to help build confidence. Check out Canning Libraries, and Naala Djookan Healing Centre in Mirrabooka.

  • No, but I can offer you the comfort that you’re not alone. I find it really hard to make friends too.

  • Wish to help you but I am on the same boat

  • It’s so much more difficult making friends as an adult, and I find it harder the older that I get!
    Do you enjoy art or craft? You could try signing up for a class if so? That way you can meet people with a similar interest to you, but the pressure is off because you have an activity to distract you and take the focus off maintaining constant conversation as well.

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