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How can I deal with my parents insulting me because I am asocial?

Asked by trinitymat (94points) January 4th, 2014

Okay, I am not exactly ‘asocial’. I am just an introvert. I don’t drink, don’t smoke or do drugs, I don’t have tons of friends, I don’t like many people (but I love humanity), I read and write a lot, I am obsessed with movies, I love silence, I have a passion for poetry, I am a film major and philosophy minor, etc. I have a few great friends, but not more. In high school I had tons of friends and I was very popular but I realized I didn’t like it, and I felt like I was wasting my time going out and gossiping about other people.

My parents are ashamed of me, they think I am a miserable wreck. – I know I am not though. – My mother especially. She always tells me I am a piece of dirt, that I should go out and socialize. She says I am not normal, not like everyone else. She wants me to go out and hangout with friends all the time. She wants me to be a normal daughter. I don’t like her concept of normal and I’d rather die than be like those girls I see who just drink and hookup without a valuable conversation.

In this life is it so precious to be understood. I am this sensitive girl who has hope for everyone she meets. I’ve been so open with my parents all my life, and it upsets me that they think of me this way. I am afraid I am so lost and I might hurt myself. I don’t want to feel this way anymore. Are my parents right? If they are, then I don’t want to live. If they aren’t right, then I should know how to deal with taking their thoughts in without hurting myself. Can you please help me showing how?

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