Our expert says:
I understand what you feel, debi. Mind you, people who DO have families, often ( check our archives ! ) find them a pain in the neck, and often not the jolly laughing, sharing, supportive group you imagine. Make your own family of friends --- at least friends you get to chose, unlike family. maybe a few sessions of counselling might help you to feel more confident about approaching other people and forming friendships, especially if through your hobbies and interests, you could meet more people who shared your interests,
Maybe part of the problem is contained in one of your responses to other postings --- that you tend to see any activity of you reaching out in a friendly way towards others, as submissive ass-licking. It needn't be that !
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