Confidence and social interactions

Hi everyone. I came to HeartSupport a few years ago when I was struggling with self-doubt (still do at times) and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to reply back then - you’ve been a great help!

I’m writing today regarding what may seem like a minor issue but is bothering me to no end. Following years of bullying at school, I now find myself struggling with self esteem and confidence, and it sometimes impact my interactions with people. The main problem is that I often find myself in a cycle of getting better, then a bit too confident, so much so that I uncounsciously end up taking up too much space (as in trying to be a part of every conversation) and making people feel excluded, and as I realise it all the confidence I had gained comes crumbling down. It happened today at work with one of my colleagues, and I would not have noticed if not for a chat window left open on another colleagues’ screen and my eyes noticing everything.

My questions would be: 1. How do I get out of such a cycle, and 2. How can I apologise to my colleague without making it seem like I pried?

Thanks in advance!!

(EDIT: spelling/phrasing)


That is really rough. But I can understand the struggle of self esteem issues due to bullying. As I dealt with heavy bullying most of growing up and even into my adulthood. It’s greatly effected me and has been hard to not let it consume me in some areas.

Maybe you can approach those you are worried you have hurt and just let them know you have been doing some self reflecting lately and want to apologize if you have ever hurt feelings. And welcome them to let you know if you ever make them feel bad so you can work on it. (: Then you don’t have to mention the message you saw. <3

  • Kitty

Thank you :slight_smile: that’s actually helping! I’ll keep that in mind