I am a single, 26 y/o, white, middle-class, very smart, attractive guy. Most of my life is filled with success, except for one HUGE gap. I have never had a girlfriend, or a relationship that has gone beyond two dates (usually my decision or something weird happens). I never went to a school dance or prom (even though my parents were not happy about it). I think that I have three problems:
#1 - I cannot build up enough energy to go out and meet women. Internet dating has not gone very well for me. I am not shy in normal social situations, but just going up to a woman and talking to her is not a skill of mine. If I do, I act like a dork.
#2 - I am in the "nice guys finish last" club. I am too nice, and not aggressive in making things happen. I am not the type to sweep a woman off her feet.
#3 - I have a fear of intimacy. I have never kissed a woman, or really put myself in a situation where I could kiss someone. This may stem from the fact that I even have trouble hugging people, and saying "I love you" to family members. I am much more comfortable not expressing intimacy to anyone.
Lately I have become depressed about all of this. I would consider myself over 10 years "behind the curve" and I really feel like a loser. If I go out with someone my own age, I am going to be light-years behind in experience. Dating someone 18 and inexperienced like me is also quickly becoming, if not already, not possible. Help! If I end up becoming a "40 Year Old Virgin" I will probably end my life because at that point I will have lost my window of opportunity to have a normal family life. No point in living anymore.
P.S. I tend to be a "glass is half empty" type of person.
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