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Easily intimidated? Here's how to be more confident and make friends fast

Dear Carol,
I always think people don’t like me. I have no reason for thinking this – I just do. So I don’t talk to people and am easily intimidated by them. A friend recently called me on this bad quality of mine. What can I do to change?
–Intimidated

Dear Intimidated,
I’m glad you have a friend who can encourage you to be more confident. Some insecurity is normal, but it’s best to assume people like you—why wouldn’t they? You’re nice, right? Approach an individual (easier than approaching a group), and say, “Hi! I can’t wait until break, can you?” When people feel you’re interested in them, they’ll show interest in you.

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by Carol Weston | 4/22/2018
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