Afraid To Be Needy? Neediness Anxiety Is Commonplace
Are you afraid to be needy? Why is that?
Many people have neediness anxiety: aka “worry about being too needy.” Being “too needy” is generally frowned upon in our individualistic culture. And when we--the appropriate, regular human beings we are--desire some help or company, we mistakenly think something is way wrong with us.
We make all kinds of excuses why the other person can't handle our problem on top of theirs; they are too busy or too important to care about us. These are all made up in our mind.
Neediness and Interdependence vs Individualism
We are an interdependent species. Our community is an extension of our selves. We are all one. Individualistic ideas have caused so many problems in our lives. Maybe, I might venture to say, have caused almost every problem. It leads to feelings of guilt and fear and inadequacy and worthlessness, etc. Aren’t these the root of every problem?
People worry their ‘neediness’ will take time away from the other person they ‘need,’ or burden them. They feel like they shouldn’t need. They don’t feel worthy of needing. This judgment and fear has them feel more separate and alone.
Why Neediness Requires You to Reach Out
I have found, however, that people love to feel helpful. It gives them a purpose and makes them feel good about themselves. And when they are appreciated for this, it energizes them and improves their self-identity. Interdependence is synergistic, benefiting everyone. There is an energy exchange, both parties give and both parties receive. You are being generous when you ask for help. You are allowing someone else the blessing of helping. Some other time or with someone else, it will be the other way around. You can count on it!
I’d love to change the connotation of “dependence” in our culture. Dependence, interdependence, co-dependence, have all gotten a bad rap. What if we did away with the negative meanings and embraced them once again? What if we looked at another and saw holiness. What if we thought “dependence” and felt loved and loving? What if we knew that giving to another person is giving to ourselves? And receiving is giving a gift?
There might actually be peace on earth.
What do you all think about this?
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LCSW-R, J. (2013, July 10). Afraid To Be Needy? Neediness Anxiety Is Commonplace, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-schmanxiety/2013/07/afraid-to-be-needy
Author: Jodi Lobozzo Aman, LCSW-R
I'm still afraid of being needy or a burden, because that's how I have always been labelled. I try to tell myself that the people who left because i was needy, only left because they misunderstood my needs or they thought I was expecting something they couldn't give.
Then you are not truly giving, as you are not giving others the chance to feel as good as you do when you give. In a way it is selfish not to let others feel that.
I am not calling you selfish, just trying to invite you to a new perspective, where it may be Ok for you to pen up to the assistance of someone else.