Do You Feel Like You Don’t Belong Here? 4 Reasons Why It May Be a Good Thing

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Do you feel like you don’t belong here, in this world and society? You will be surprised to know that it may actually be a good thing.

We grow up believing that in order to be happy, we need to belong somewhere – a society, a country, a social circle and finally, a family.

The desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves seems to be our innate need, which probably has evolutionary roots (remember the well-known notion that human is a social animal?). As Wikipedia states, “belongingness is the human emotional need to be an accepted member of a group.”

But what happens in the case of people who don’t only lack this need but also feel that they don’t really fit in this world? Some individuals don’t simply consider themselves different from the rest – they actually have different tastes, way of thinking and priorities in life. They don’t like popular things and activities and don’t go after the goals most people pursue.

They may seem a sort of weirdos to those around them, but the truth is that there is a bright side of being a “misfit.”

Today, we will discuss four categories of people who are very likely to have a sense of detachment from the world because of their emotional and mental makeup. Moreover, it’s not a bad thing at all and is, in fact, an indication of an increased awareness and sensitivity.

1. Deep thinkers

Sadly, the society we live in is giving more and more importance to the primitive instincts and material needs. So it makes sense why individuals capable of deep thought may feel like they don’t belong here.

If you are a deep thinker, then you probably know what truly matters in life. That’s why seeing people around you chasing ephemeral goals and being interested in meaningless stuff is so disappointing. It’s not only disappointing – sometimes, it makes you wonder what you are doing here, among these people, and feel like you come from another world.

2. Old souls

Old souls often feel like they don’t belong here, especially when growing up. Being passionate about unpopular things may make others pick up on your differences and tease you for it. And this can be painful in your awkward childhood and teenage years, making you feel like a misfit who doesn’t have a place in this world.

In your adult years, this gap separating you from other people only becomes bigger. However, you find your path in life and don’t care the same about what they think about you.

3. Empaths

Empaths are so sensitive to the emotions and energy of other people that they may find it uncomfortable to be around them. If you are an empath, you know that every time you watch a news broadcast or learn something sad about someone you know, you get truly upset.

All these side effects of being an empath can also provoke a sense of detachment. And it’s no surprise – there is so much greed, cruelty and violence in today’s world that an empath may suffer, being a part of it.

4. People who experience a spiritual awakening

A spiritual awakening is a great experience that elevates you to a higher level of consciousness and turns you into a spiritually evolved being. However, it is also paired with painful feelings and experiences because fundamental changes are never easy.

Not only do you start to wonder about the existence, reconsidering your life decisions and relationships, but you may also feel detached from those around you and the world in general. It’s all because you are becoming more aware and understand things you previously turned a blind eye to.

If you feel like you don’t belong here, remember that there is nothing wrong with you. Instead of worrying about what others think and seeking their approval, try to find your passion and life purpose. And it’s fine if it doesn’t seem attractive or “cool” to most people. The point is that it should fill your life with meaning and happiness.

Did any of the above-described things ring true for you? We would love to hear your thoughts on this.

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Anna LeMind

Anna LeMind

Anna is the founder and lead editor of the website She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.

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  1. Audrey May 30, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I identify with all of the above. I am 38 now, and this feeling is intensifying to the point of anxiety. The feeling that I don’t belong here. That I am a tourist in this world. That my soul has been somehow misplaced. The feeling that I am wasting my time, like I am sitting in a waiting room anticipating my name being called. I am sure that I do not feel relationships as deeply as others. It makes me feel like a bad mother and wife. I realize that no lottery winnings or dream vacation or job promotion will make me truly happy or content. I keep having these VERY odd VERY specific coincidences, far beyond a song in your car playing that you were just humming in the house. More like studying for college, turning a page and reading a scientific theory title and an actor on tv stating the name of that scientific theory at the exact same time. It was Coulomb’s Law, by the way, not something common like the big bang theory. Or drawing a Christmas ornament for your daughter to color, her recognizing the shape and stating “Oh, a Christmas ornament!” and a Christmas ornament falling off of the tree and rolling across the floor with no one around it at the EXACT same time. This stuff happens to me almost daily. Sometimes several times a day. I try to dismiss most of it but some coincidences are just too specific. It is starting to freak my family out.

    I try not to watch the news or read articles because I can’t let go of all of the bad in this world. I will spend hours analyzing the horrors I see and hear and find myself almost always emotionally drained. I am physically tired ALL of the time. My doctors blame it on life long hormone imbalance. I think there is much more to it. Medication cannot cure what is going on with me. It has been able to distract me from it for short periods of time but the feeling of not belonging is too strong to be repressed for long.

    My question is, what do we do about it? I am so anxious for answers. The thoughts consume my mind. I feel like I am waiting to die just so I can, hopefully, finally find out why I feel the way I do. I am positive that I do not belong here. This all feels like smoke and mirrors. Just a distraction from something much more important.

    I would love for like minded individuals to contact me. This feeling is so overwhelming. I am glad to see I am not alone.

    • Linda May 31, 2017 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      Audrey,hi I read about the feelings you are experiencing,I too feel that I don’t belong in this world,it is very overwhelming to the point that,I struggle too be happy,my children,and other people around me,even though I know them,i feel so out of this world,I can’t even explain it’s almost like your at a store,and you see all these people,that look to me like robots,all I here is a bunch of voices,even at funniest event,I feel so disconnected.i feel like I’m just going through the motions here on earth,waiting like you said just to find an answer! And waking up in the middle of the night laughing I was there in the other place so happy! Never recalling any dream I had.

    • Carly June 1, 2017 at 4:20 am - Reply

      Audrey, everything you said is exactly like me and made me feel so much better that i’m not alone in this. i need someone to talk to about this that i know truly understands. I hope for you to see this and write me back. more info about what i’m feeling: I’ve come to the conclusion that i am not depressed. for so many years i thought it was just depression and that i can get help. this is not the case. i’ve come to realize that the society and the world we live in today is so draining and too much for my empathetic brain to deal with. its so hard to type this because i honestly am so lost in my thoughts and feeling this constant confusion of why i’m here. things that make others so happy don’t excite me. i’m longing to just zone out from this world and find actual meaning. nobody i’ve ever met has ever come close to understanding me. i don’t even understand me. but everything hurts me and i am too just waiting for a way out. an answer to why i feel like this. to learn more about the universe and discover more of my subconsious abilities. i want to be free from this place.

      • gray June 28, 2017 at 5:32 am - Reply

        i feel this way too since i was a kid but i’m not depressed or sad and i think the only reason why i was struggling so bad with this is my thoughts we can’t change the world but we can change our thoughts and the way to view things and feel about them being sad and depressed about it will make it worst just accept it and try to live that way and i know it’s gonna be hard but do you wanna live your entire life miserable , you gotta fight it see the world from a positive view and trust me we can live and evaluate the things that we admire like complexity and deep thinking and awareness without being sad and miserable . then we can light the way for the world to follow .but we have to accept our selves before the world can accept us

    • Kay June 19, 2017 at 12:20 am - Reply

      All that you have said here in your post is identical to who I’am… this feeling I have is almost unbearable. I try desperately to compensate by helping others in order to fill some whate of a void.

    • K July 7, 2017 at 6:54 am - Reply

      Everything above relates to me too. I experience the same thing, the feelings are so deep. And I’m only 17.. coincidences also happen in my life so often that I’ve had to actually start writing them down. I think deeply all the time and I realize there’s no one I can relate to, barely even my family. Other people don’t make sense to me sometimes and I feel so disconnected and out of place all the time even when I’m by myself

  2. Sabrina June 5, 2017 at 3:03 am - Reply

    I’ve been feeling this way as well.
    Especially today I was the mall and everyone seemed “fake”.
    I actually said to myself “I don’t belong here”
    I have a few close friends but the friendships aren’t as deep as they used to be and I don’t even bother with trying to have a boyfriend since they probably wouldn’t even understand.
    I used to self medicate to avoid it.
    Lately my counselor thinks I need to take medication but my gut instinct says no.
    I’m glad I’m not the only one out there that feels like this.

  3. Marlo June 9, 2017 at 6:30 am - Reply

    This is exactly how I feel, in every way. Since as far back as I can remember, from my earliest childhood days I have felt this way.
    The feeling that I don’t belong here amongst these strange, unreasonable, and cruel humans has always been so strong; that I am surprised that I made it this far without seeking”a way out”.

    I literally feel that I do not belong to the human race: They are so selfish and uncaring, and do not listen to reason; I cannot even communicate with them without dumbing myself so far down, that when I finally get out of a social situation, I feel completely exhausted.

    I have always been completely different from everyone else. From the way I think, what I am into, how I do things, EVERY single thing.
    If everyone was walking east, I would always be heading west.
    And I have always been made fun of for my differences, and it hurts so bad I have no choice but to pretend to be like everyone else.

    There is literally no one that I can talk to about this. No one.
    No friend, no family member, not my fiancé. I tried, but no one understands. They just get angry at me, scared of me, or just give me a strange look like I’m crazy.

    In all honesty, I am tired of this world.

  4. Brian June 22, 2017 at 4:42 am - Reply

    Hi everyone,

    This was such a blessing to remember that I am not alone in this feeling of being “different.” I have always thought of myself as a foreigner and stranger in this world, like the proverbial square peg trying to fit into a round hole. It has made me especially sad today, but this feeling has become fundamental for me since childhood. However, even as familiar as the feeling has become over the years, it never gets easier. In fact, it only gets harder the older I get. It really does hurt sometimes to be so sensitive. I truly believe deep down that this is a blessing rather than a curse to be ultra-different, even though most times it does not feel that way. Hang in there everyone, there is safety in numbers, even though our number is quite smaller than the masses.

  5. Fran June 28, 2017 at 7:54 am - Reply

    How has anyone found an answer or solution to this? I feel exactly as all the writers have expressed; but I’m only left with more questions and anxiety. I can’t even sleep anymore and I feel like a terrible mother I don’t know what to do anymore! These coincidences, my ex thinks I’m just flat out odd… I see things from such a different perspective and I pick up on people’s moods and energies so quickly it’s ridiculous. My mind fly’s faster than the speed of light and before anyone can say or do anything, I’ve already seen the entire scenario play out in my mind. I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse anymore. I can’t even help myself, which I think is the worse part. It’s like I’m just waiting, waiting….waiting.

  6. La Rae July 1, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Hi guys. Reading everyone’s story makes me feel so much better. I am an empath and I work with the public which I’m sure is a bad idea. I’ve struggled with fitting in my whole life. I’ve always felt like an outsider and I have a strange feeling that I don’t belong here. Kind of like I was sent to the wrong planet. My body is very sensitive to the foods I eat. So much that I have been considering becoming a raw vegan. I have visions of the future and they usually come to pass. I don’t understand why I’m here and I don’t like feeling alone. It feels like I’m just here temporarily waiting to die so I can go to my next destination.

  7. hesham July 2, 2017 at 12:33 am - Reply

    i agree with everything execpt we are animals, God created us

    • MB July 6, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      But he did not create the animals ?

  8. Rajeev July 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Hi everyone , do you think there is a cure ?

  9. Jane July 10, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I completely relate to everything in this article. The only difference is that I have unrelenting persecution in the mix to boot. I have lost everything and I am the hardest working person and am very caring, sympathetic and generous. Strangely the people I have helped most are the ones who turn around and stab you in the back. But it’s worse than that, I am literally surrounded by enemies. The ONLY thing that makes sense is what Jesus said “They hated me so they will hate you too.” We do not belong in this world. It is worse and worse the older I grow and there is nothing at all I can do to help myself – except to trust myself and God. The bible says it is by suffering and tribulation that we enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

    The Christian Prophet A. W. Tozer said that he told Dr Schuman, the President of the Christian and Missionary Alliance that he genuinely wanted to love God more than anyone ever had. Dr Schuman stared at him and said “Brother Tozer if that is the true desire of your heart, I have one word of caution ‘Prepare to suffer greatly'”.

    And that is so. I said something similar to an old Christian many years ago and he said “If you knew what was ahead of you, you would never go on” and he was right. The spiritual path is a path of suffering, it is not what he ‘new-agers’ teach at all. What Jesus said is true. Let’s hope all else he said was true too and then it will be worth it. Jesus and all the apostles died violent deaths at the hands of those who hated them. How do the new-agers explain that.

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Do You Feel Like You Don’t Belong Here? 4 Reasons Why It May Be a Good Thing