A. You have said that you do not have the means to seek professional help. Perhaps when you finish college, you will have the means to do so. You are aware that you have a problem and it is a problem that you would like to both understand and solve. If you have a problem with a leaking sink in your kitchen, if you can afford it, the easiest thing to do would be to call a plumber. If you can’t afford to call a plumber then you can attempt to fix it yourself and you may or may not succeed. If you do succeed I am sure it will be after great effort because to succeed would mean that you would have to learn the things that a plumber has had to learn. It’s not that you aren’t intelligent enough to learn to be a plumber, it’s that it will take time and effort to learn the things that a plumber knows.
If you try to fix the sink and fail you might succeed at a workaround that will allow you to continue to use the kitchen sink but with additional effort. The sink will not be fixed but it will be usable until you can call in a plumber.
You mention your relationships with friends but you do not mention your romantic relationships. You mention that you are lonely and I would ask are you in a romantic relationship and still feeling lonely or are you not in a romantic relationship?
Not knowing the answer to that question I would advise you that difficulty in deepening a relationship would be a difficulty in all types of relationships. Superficial relationships do not involve trust to any significant degree. Deeper relationships always involve trust. You yourself have brought up the trust issue. Many books both academic and nonacademic have been written about relationships. You might start by doing research in this area and reading some of those books.
It is not a question of whether or not one should be in a serious relationship. Most people do choose and desire a deep, committed relationship. It has been said that people have time for very few friends because real friends require time. It has been said that one is lucky to have one or two real friends in a lifetime and all the other people that we might casually refer to as “friends” are not friends at all but are merely acquaintances.
Most people do choose, deeper committed relationships but not all people do so. Some people are very involved in their work or their religion and deliberately do not seek out deeper committed relationships. So it isn’t a matter of right or wrong. In your case the problem isn’t that you are not in a deep committed relationship but the problem is that you desire to be in a deep committed relationship and are not. It is your desire that makes this an issue that should be addressed. When something is attainable and it is something that you desire to attain and objectively it is something that would be good for you or would at least improve your life in some tangible way, then it is something that you should consider problematic. The problem that is stopping you from attaining that which is good for you and desirable to you should be solved.
You are still in college and many people and I included, would say that your number one goal is clearly to succeed at your education. Your concern, effort and desire should all be aimed at gaining the education that you have chosen. If you can achieve that goal and have extra time and energy to invest then you might aim it all at a lesser goal or secondary goal, like deepening relationships or learning to trust more fully.
I hope that my words have helped you at least a little and I wish you the very best of luck in all that the future brings to you.
Dr. Kristina Randle