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Why do I Want to Make Out So Bad?

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From an American teen: I’ve shamefully become jealous of couples engaging in making out publicly. I’m an 18 year old, single, never had a girlfriend (that wasn’t online/completely unseeable, hundreds of miles away and untouchable), and I’m a never-been-kissed guy. One side of me says be patient and I’m too young, the other side of me remembers everyone’s story about their first kiss in middle school, or how a 14 yr old (annoying) friend bragged to me about kissing, while the 17 year old me sits there listening, ignoring his statements and masking jealously. In high school all the kids kissing in the halls, and in lunch and stuff became a tiring image (especially since I was never one of them) and I realized such a strong desire when my failed attempts to be with a crush were for that very reason. I’ve had tons of dreams about making out. In the waking life I turn my head every time an onscreen kiss happens, and now I just HATE to see a guy kissing a girl who’s not me, and find it extremely awkward to watch. My patience is wearing thin and I’m just dying to have the experience with a girl in real life, it seems to be so easy for males much younger than me, and I feel it a consequence of shyness that doesn’t seem to be wearing off any time soon. Why do I want to make out so bad?!

Why do I Want to Make Out So Bad?

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This is a simple answer: You want to because you are an absolutely normal 18 year old guy. Now that we’ve settled that, let’s get down to the more important problem. You’d like to find a woman to be close to but you’ve been too shy or anxious. Shyness isn’t likely to wear off by itself. You need to find a way to up your self-confidence and start putting yourself in situations where you can meet young women and let them get to know you. Get off line and join an organization, take some classes, or do some volunteer work so you can be face-to-face with people and practice your social skills. Sharing an interest with women can lead to friendships, which can ultimately lead to finding someone special.

Some useful tips on WebMD’s website: “There is no secret or trick to successful dating. But there are things you can do to make it easier — for both of you. This goes beyond the (hopefully) obvious steps of bathing and using deodorant, which are important. You should also be respectful in how you approach her. When you ask her out, see what she’s up for. Mention an activity, like going to a movie or a basketball game, and then ask her what she thinks about the idea. ‘That way you’re letting her know how you feel and also considering her,’ says Geraldine K. Piorkowski, PhD. If she doesn’t like your suggestion, throw out a different one. But if she gives you a hard no, take the hint. ‘Know when to back off,’ Piorkowski says. ‘Most young women do not feel good about being pushed.'” Lastly, “If you’re feeling nervous, don’t sweat it. “She’s as scared as you. So do what you can to put her at ease. Look her in the eye. Smile. Remember, dating is all about talking. Talk to her. And more importantly, talk about her. If you’re chatty by nature, be sure to give her a chance to speak.”

Please don’t feel inferior to friends who got into the social scene at a younger age. Every person is different: some people do and some do not. The fact is, I get letters every day from shy young women your age who are wishing they could find a young man who would be sensitive to their shyness and take it slow.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Why do I Want to Make Out So Bad?

This article has been updated from the original version, which was originally published here on June 29, 2008.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2019). Why do I Want to Make Out So Bad?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 26, 2020, from
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