This is not something I am likely to admit to myself, never mind broadcasting it to the world, and yet here I go again, getting WAY too personal, sharing things better left unsaid, if "they" are to be believed...
Actually, "they" are who I have to thank for understanding that I am "too needy". They remind me of it with every loss of friendship, every unacknowledged greeting, every eye-roll....some have even SAID it to me... "You're too needy. Stop being so needy and you'll have more friends."
I like to think that I am a normal human being, in need of adult interaction and connection with people in the form of friendship. I like to think that my tentative steps into the sea of people are the same as any other person's....if that person is introverted and has a bit of social anxiety....
However, I DO know that I am different. I was raised in a sheltered environment, and often deprived of the depth of connection that children everywhere crave. Maybe that is where my neediness came from.
And my social anxiety gets in the way of my reaching out to people that I would LIKE to be friends with....in addition, I was taught that I was a bother, so I don't want to foist myself on these amazing people with whom I would like to be friends. Frankly, I am scared that I will (once again) prove that the LIES I was told as a child were actually truth, that I don't have the ability to make and keep friends.
So, I perceive myself as needy.
And I perceive myself as broken.
And I perceive myself as unworthy of the friendships that I crave.
I will not, however, apologize for my neediness.
You see, I believe God made people for connection, for relationship, and part of that was putting within us a NEED for friends, for deep connection, and specifically for a relationship with Him.
The problem is that parents teach children how to be in relationships...and not all parents do a stellar job of that. So the children who come out of homes who are deprived of this piece of their training have difficulty making or keeping friends, and are often perceived by others as being needy....because they ARE. They NEED friends. They may NEED to be taught how to be friends. They definitely still need love, and companionship, and friendship, and connection....no matter how they are perceived by others.
Another piece of the ability to make friends is a broken understanding of friends...say, I have a friend...they think we have a really good, perhaps deep connection...and I think that they perceive me as a bother, and are tired of having me around. So, maybe I have a LOT of people who consider me a really good friend, but I don't feel like I have anyone, because I can't feel the connection.
Frankly, thinking through this helps me understand why I have such a hard time KNOWING that God loves me, and wants the best for me.... now maybe someone can help fix this for me???