I can't help but take things personally, even when I know I shouldn't. My therapist said I should smile and say hello to people, to just be friendly. A friend from group told me I should hold my head up, smile and look confident. These are good tips, and I put them to good use. But it seems like every time they don't work, I feel even more discouraged than before. Being such a shy person, it is hard for me to initiate a conversation, especially with a stranger. I said hi to someone today, and smiled at them as I was passing them. They seemed to just look right through me. Am I that ugly, do I have a creepy smile, what is it? I don't usually greet people who seem too preoccupied or unfriendly. But even so, if the person does look friendly, there still is a 50% chance they will not return my greeting. It just makes me want to close off even more, even when I shouldn't feel that way. Another thing that happened today was when I went to check out at a store. The cashier and a customer were talking, oblivious to me standing there. I was waiting until they were done, but they kept talking while I kept waiting. But I thought it would be rude of me to interrupt. I feel like in cases like that, I am not important enough to be noticed. Like I should just wait because my feelings are not worth anyone's time. I feel rejected in some ways when things like this keep happening. Mostly I feel invisible, like I should just fade away. Has anyone else ever felt like this, and how do you deal with it? I wish I could just get over it, but being such a sensitive person, it is hard for me to just not care.