Lack of attention, or more like, is this why i am so unhappy
What happens when you suffer from a lack of attention from the people around you?
Let's assume your friends or BF/GF are giving you some attention. Outside that, do you depend on it in other spheres?
For all I know, I'm making this post right now because I'm starving for attention.
People rarely approach me or check in on me or ask me how I'm doing. It's possible I'm just surrounded by people who don't make me feel like I matter.
I find myself trying to 'make myself matter' by being more assertive and chiming in, but it feels off, like I'm forcing it somehow, and in the end, I still feel the same. Unhappy, depressed, not having any sense of fun or connection to the people or work I'm doing. Don't get me started on my family, two of them rarely if ever seek to find out what's going on with me and my life. I guess I could say the same about myself not checking in with them either, I suppose I just don't really care. Maybe that's the root of it all, but the net result is I'm happiest when I feel like people are including or actually recognizing my presence. Making me feel part of things. Not outcast or like I'm just somebody else.
Anyone else feel this way and what did you do to resolve it.
This is not narcissistic/unhealthy attention-seeking.