I live in a small area, so everyone knows your business. You have to watch who you open up to, because you can end up saying things to the wrong person. I was gossiped about in school, even by friends. I can't talk to my family because they will just invalidate my feelings. So logically I turned to the internet for support. But then I get hurt online too. I tried to talk to a friend on Skype the other day, but it was someone else on the other end. I was confused and I assumed he had been hacked. Well, it turns out that he had given someone access to his account. This person copied and pasted snippets of out conversations to my Facebook message box, and basically they knew all of my secrets. I don't understand why someone I trusted would let someone else be privy to my private thoughts and things I thought would not get out. Anyway, this seems to be a recurring pattern in my life. I feel I may need to adopt a pseudonym since I have a unique surname and it is easy to find me. I am afraid to open up to people. I think I will be criticized, put down, and made fun of behind my back. I don't know who I can trust, because even the people who seem the most trustworthy end up stabbing me in the back. I am fearful and paranoid of what will happen next, if people will stalk me or use things against me. This is just another reason why I don't want to be around anymore. So how can I learn to feel safe and trust people again?