Everything about him was so awkwardly romantic; so unlike his snot- and pot-covered peers. My sweat-stained cardigans, cyst-speckled face, and lack of a fake ID existed as constant reminders that I was romantically useless to anyone, especially him.Of course, as is usually the case with these stories, the years passed, the Accutane worked its magic, and I learned that only the worst kind of people truly enjoyed high school.
When I returned, ready to launch myself back into this new relationship, I instead ended up launching myself straight into the past.
I became, I’m sorry to say, a reincarnation of my high-school self.
In order to cope with this stress, an individual reverts to (typically negative) patterns of behavior from an earlier period in their lives, when the stressor didn’t exist or was easily assuaged by an authority figure, like a parent or teacher.
When a student storms out of class after receiving negative feedback on a project, for example, perhaps they are regressing to a time when they were young and more constantly praised for their intelligence.
You know I had such a crush on you in high school, right?