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Mr Halamish recommends readers start building their confidence by letting go of perfectionism and, instead, growing at peace with the inevitability of making mistakes. He calls this process "befriending the inner idiot".

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Straight up lonely your anxiety, depression or other mental health condition is holding you back from engaging socially, it's important to seek treatment. It might sound silly, but if you want to build relationships with others, it's a good idea to practise listening.

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