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My fear of being jaded and hurt when it comes to love and relationships is that I will lose that vulnerability, openness and trust that's required to really love someone else.

Kojaksmom 8 Nov 19
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We were raised to believe in falsehoods. Movies with Doris Day & Rock Hudson are all lies. He is not out there. The fantasy is just that. There are no happy endings. There are exceptions but few. Stop deluding yourself. Enter into relationships because they contribute in a positive manner. Not with false expectations.

Mooolah Level 8 Dec 21, 2018

I'm not going to get involved in a relationship to someone that I'm not passionate about and sexually attracted to.


I've always had difficulty deciding who it's safe to be vulnerable with. Since we can't know the future it's impossible to be completely safe while functioning in the real world. I guess it's another high risk/high value balancing act with lots of variables and unknowables.

That's very true and sometimes I wonder if it's worth it.


I can sympathise with you I got divorced 15 years ago and find myself very awkward around women and as you say in the back of your mind theres that nagging doubt that you may not trust them


I can sympathise with you I got divorced 15 years ago and find myself very awkward around women and as you say in the back of your mind theres that nagging doubt that you may not trust them


That's the paradox. But after spending so many years staying sway from relationships, I'm willing to take that chance. I like to think I'm at a place where I'm strong enough to be a container to manage hurt or disappointment.

bleurowz Level 8 Nov 20, 2018

I think we all have that fear.


That makes total sense to me. I think of it sort like an inflammation: if we get hurt over and over our ability to open up gets raw and sore and we want to be self protective, just like with a physical injury. It takes time to heal and feel safe again before we're willing to risk after being hurt. At the same time we crave the connection and comfort that being with someone provides so sometimes we go back in too soon or not wisely. I try to give myself time and respect my body's signals. But it's not a perfect system.

ejbman Level 7 Nov 19, 2018

OK, I don't mean to make light of anyone's pain, but literally right after I posted this the following meme floated past my FB feed:


This reminds me of my favorite Billy Joel song:

Taladad Level 8 Nov 19, 2018

you'll find a way. may not be easy but it will come

TheDoubter Level 8 Nov 19, 2018

@Kojaksmom fear not my little clam love will open you up when it's the real deal. 🙂


Love does not come with a written money back guarantee, and people and the conditions they live in do change over time. Still many wonderful long term love relationships thrive for decades and sometimes a life time. Nature actually did not wire humans psychologically to be monogamous, but that system usually does work better in modern civilization with higher density populations.

It's worth the risk of some hurt and it does take time to really get to know someone. So don't put pressure on it that it must be perfect in all respects, and let the trust grow as you each get to know each other more deeply.


It takes courage and strength but you can do it. I do it every day. I've been hurt and unfortunately I've also hurt people by ending relationships that weren't working for me. Some of those endings we very painful and it took Herculean effort of discipline to stand myself back up and make myself vulnerable all over again but I did it and it paid off. It always pays off in the end.

I am here cheering you on. I know you've got this. If you every start to doubt, pm me. I'll regale you with stories of how wonderfully it can and will work for you if only you hold tightly to hope.

Nukdookum Level 8 Nov 19, 2018

Thank you


yes so true

This is very true



It does get much more difficult to retain this qualities as we gain experience. But don't let fear keep you from exploring the possibilities.

moonmaid Level 8 Nov 19, 2018

I aslo have that fear, I want to be open to people, and vulnerable, it's hard because I have to say to myself, yes i could be hurt and I"m ..vunerable but also I have a chance to make a real connection with someone.

AmmaRE007 Level 7 Nov 19, 2018

I totally understand how you feel. In one way you want to close yourself off from the possibility of being hurt again, but by doing this you will not be open to the possibility of finding "the one".

Carolyne Level 6 Nov 19, 2018

Exactly !

yes.. but also not JUST the one lol also other people who can be friends and enrich both of our lives.

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