Our expert says:
Sad, isn't it, how family gatherings like weddings and christenings often end up inadvertently making one or more of the family feel bad, by reminding them of something they haven't yet done ?
I understand your feelings, though obviously as a company director in your 20's, you're hardly a failure in anyone else's eyes. But of course in your own eyes, which are the important ones, you may indeed feel that way.
I think you really deserve to work for a short time with a good counsellor / therapist, preferably of the Cognitive-behaviour Therapy (CBT) format, and work on issues of self-esteem and confidence. Sounds like you're working yourself into a trap of negative thinking and panic despite your track record of coping well in other spheres of life, and I am confident that you could soon find yourself more realistically hopeful and able to handle these interpersonal aspects of life, including the development and enjoyment of relationships
I understand that you very sincerely feel hopeless about this, but asure you that this is a faulty perspective and not at all the truly hopeless reality it feels like
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