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    I am glad you are feeling a little more emotional freedom. You already know that Autistic people have their special interests and they can change or not. Donít feel ashamed to have a special interest. Right now my son has two. He has had them for many years. They take up a majority of his day and mind space.

    Maybe you were brought up to be ashamed of your neurodiversity. ? Maybe you didnít have unconditional love or support ?

    We totally accept our son being Autistic and developing at his own pace. He never never never seeks approval. He says it is totally uncomfortable and he hates it .

    Just differences. Congrats you donít feel the need for approval anymore!

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    Originally Posted by Wiseman2
    There is no such thing as "approval addiction".
    You're incorrect. Approval addiction is very real. Here are just a handful of books on that very subject:

    1.) The Disease to Please by Harriet B. Braiker, PhD.
    2.) Approval Addiction: Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone by Joyce Meyer.
    3.) The Approval Fix: How to Break Free From People Pleasing by Joyce Meyer.
    4.) The Type E Woman: How to Overcome the Stress of Being Everything to Everybody by Harriet B. Braiker, PhD.

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    I know plenty of people who really, really want everyone to like them. I can tend to be one of them. I'm not "addicted" to approval but I do feel some anxiety when I find out someone doesn't like me. I have learned to cope, however, by reminding myself that I don't like everyone so why should everyone like me?

    However, movie characters cannot "approve" of anyone or anything because they do not exist. They are figments of the writer's imagination.

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    My husband has an approval problem . Less so as he gets older and gained more confidence.

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    If you need to put a label on it for the purposes of treatment or feeling better, the DSM 5 describes this tendency as a feature of histrionic or dependent personality disorders, not a diagnosed entity in itself. Either way therapy could help with it and building confidence from within.
    Originally Posted by TulipWriter
    Approval addiction is very real.

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