8 reasons i might want you to like me

from evy's notebook

(an exploration of stories i tell myself, written at my therapist's request)

  1. You seem cool and I want to talk to you, so I want you to want to talk to me.
  2. We both regularly hang out in the same place, and I want to feel comfortable there.
  3. I want to feel a sense of belonging.
  4. If you don't like me, you might not assume best intentions when I do something. I'm afraid of conflict based around miscommunication and distrust.
  5. If you don't like me, you might talk to other people about it and then they might also not like me.
  6. I respect you, and what you think of me affects how much I respect myself.
  7. If you don't like me, maybe others won't like me for similar reasons.
  8. I'm afraid of being alone.