People Share Their Most Awkward Phase That Still Makes Them Cringe.

We all have cringey phases that we went through. If there was one thing I could get wiped from my memory, it would be when I did gymnastics moves around girls I liked. I have no gymnastics training...

Here are 36 people admitting their cringiest phase.


Many thanks to all the Redditors who responded. Check out more answers from the source at the end of this article!

1. Trust me, y'all!

About two decades of "I'm not gay it's just a phase." The cognitive dissonance of having a girlfriend but masturbating thinking about the boys on the baseball team was pretty cringeworthy.


2. Shame and Apathy.

When I first joined the army in 2006, I went through this ridiculous phase where I would use overly motivated army phrases in casual conversation with my friends and family who were never in the military.

I talked down to them and acted as if I was the biggest hero just for joining the military and being a medic. This was before I even went anywhere. All I had done at that point was graduate basic and medic training. By the time I came home from Iraq that attitude was completely gone and I felt nothing but shame and apathy.


3. That's a good look...

I was heavily influenced by movies like The Matrix, The Crow, and Blade. I thought I needed to dress in all black and rock a cool trench coat. When I was 12. And after Columbine.


4. Oh yeah, you're coven is gonna save us all.

I had a wicca/pagan thing going for a while. My 'coven' and I thought we were gonna save the world from armageddon or some such.

In reality tho we were just sitting drinking in the woods getting spooked and I was just trying to bang one of the cute goth chicks.


5. Maybe you will be!

I used to think I was going to be the next great American writer. I wrote a novel length book, where the main character (obviously me) sleeping with every hot girl in the school.

I let my best friend read it, and he passed it to one of the girls he was friends with. It got passed around. A lot. Possibly to teachers. I'm not sure how many people read before I got it back.

Years later people were still quoting it.


6. you weren't wrong...

I thought Naruto was really cool when I was in middle school.

No matter how much I drink, I can't forget the times I ran with my arms backward.



7. I believe that's called a "leg beard".

I used to have crushes on random boys and would literally follow them around like a sick puppy without saying a word. And I'd openly stare at them and write poetry about them in my notebook and friend them on MySpace without having ever spoken to them.


I was a straight up stalker with no concept of boundaries. And I also complained about how no guys ever wanted to date nice girls like me, they just wanted to date mean girls.

I was a total female neckbeard.


8. Same.

When I was in middle school I confused being obnoxious with being funny.



9. Memory wipe.

I was a raging chola. Brown lip liner with clear gloss, slicked down hair in the front and then crinkled the length, huge gold hoops that said princess in the center.... that's enough. I don't want to remember anymore.


10. Super cool.

I had a phase right after I started training Muay Thai where I'd only wear Tapout shirts.

I was a grown man when this was happening.


11. Pretty sure 90% of survivalism is having diarrhea.

I went through a phase that I was a great explorer and a survival expert. Went wondering some time with a plan to build a treehouse and live there. during the night I ate some poisonous berries and ended up bedridden in a hospital for a week.


12. Lucky!

When I was in college, I spent a couple of months mesmerized by matches. I would light one and watch it burn down, and if someone came by, I'd say (in my best documentary voice) something like "Since time began, man has been fascinated by fire."

Glad I got through that phase without actually becoming a pyro.



13. I've never heard of anything like that...

When I was a teenager, I wore metal rulers. Like a fashion accessory. The bigger the better.


This was made all the more ridiculous by the fact that 1) I'm quite short , 2) I liked to wear the longest rulers I could find. 18" was the standard for me, and it nearly hit the ground, and 3) I thought the coolest way to fasten them to my pants was with padlocks. Which I invariably lost the keys to or combinations, if they were combination. Most of my teen years were spent with Jnco jeans that all had the belt loops cut off as a result.

So. Cool.


14. You probably were, to be honest.

There was a brief period of time where my best friend and I dressed like we were in the Matrix. I remember going all dressed in black to Target, of all places thinking we looked sooooo cool.



15. Game over...

When I was in elementary school, maybe 3rd or 4th grade, my older sister was really into Hillary Duff. So, of course, she played it constantly in every car ride we took.

Apparently, the music grew on me, and I knew every word of some of the songs (or at least I thought I did...)

So my friends and I would play this role playing game where we would create characters for ourselves with "special powers" and fought imaginary monsters around the playground. And, of course, I picked Hillary Duff as my character. With the power to "sing enemies to sleep." I am a male.

I distinctly remember when it was my turn to "attack" a monster, so I somehow thought it would be a good idea to sing an entire Hillary Duff song. I also remember my friends trying to stop me several times, but I insisted that I had to sing the whole thing so that it "actually feel asleep."

Yeah, my friends stopped playing that game after that.


16. Been there... fellow edgelord.

I had an "I'm too edgy to hang out with the normal people" phase. I shiver at the memory of it.


17. This one is cute as all heck.

Old guy here - 67. When the Beatles came to America in 1964 I was was a big fan. My mom had an old shower cap and I found some black yarn. So with some scissors and elmers glue I made myself a Beatles wig that I wore around the house and even to the local market. Wish I had some pictures.


18. *gestures Italianely*

Italian American here. My "guido phase" in high school.



19. The fedora really puts it over the top.

In the mid-2000's I was a Ska kid. Dressed in a suit, wore a fedora, suspenders, checkerboard everything - Took all my fashion cues from older Ska Bands like the English Beat and The Specials.


Skanked to songs that weren't even ska at HS dances -_- There were a few others in my HS that liked Ska music, but didn't take it as far as me.


20. How does one moan coherently?

Young weeaboo phase in middle school that included:

- running down hallways with my arms extending back

- screaming sugoi~ whenever something mildly good happened

- wearing extremely bright and cheesy anime t-shirts

- stuffing a stuffed tentacle in my pants and moaning incoherently


21. Not cool!

Being rude and ungrateful to my parents. It was a mean rebellious phase that made me look like an entitled pos. My parents rule and gave me a wonderful life. I had no reason to be ungrateful.



22. You and #20 should hang.

Weeaboo phase but taken to the next level - friends and I would print out binders full of explicit anime fan fiction and art and carry it to class with us, then read/look at it together in class.

We were 15-16 so in retrospect in addition to being weird we could have gotten in serious trouble carrying explicit materials around at school.


23. Kroger-brand anything is likely to be dope.

I did the whole "emo" phase in middle and high school.

The thing was, I wasn't able to acquire the resources that my other emo friends had. I wasn't able to dye my hair and my hair type didn't work with those straightened/fringe styles. I barely had access to cosmetics so I couldn't often paint my nails or wear eyeliner, when I did I looked like an idiot.

Basically I like to refer to that time of my life as "Kroger-brand emo". I looked emo, but not enough to be legit.


24. So sick.

In junior high, I used to draw stuff on my arms with a pen that I thought looked badass, like skulls and fire and swords. Said I was going to get full sleeves when I turned 18.

Now I'm a 29 year old with zero tattoos


25. Time may tell a different story.

I was under the impression that the thug life chose me in 6th grade. I was incorrect.



26. Super fun stuff.

I was pretty obsessed with Communism for like 6 months when I was 14, it must have been pretty annoying to be around.


In an ironic twist, I went to a school with a very liberal community, and 10+ years later half the people who used to crap on me for being a communist are now full-on Marxists who hate me for being center-left. Fun stuff.


27. ICP 4 lyfe.

Went through an Insane Clown Posse phase that lasted maybe a month and a half. Went to Facebook and "announced" that I was a Juggalette. I cringe to this day.


28. "wearing her dad's tie with a cheap tank to Thanksgiving..."

I made my mental illness my identity. Looking back it was to protect myself, kind of like Fat Amy, if I say I'm crazy they can't call me crazy. But it was a bad idea and I totally ostracized myself by always talking about hospitals and pills.

Also I went through a wearing a tie with tank tops or t-shirts phase. Fat girl in her awkward stage wearing her dad's tie with a cheap tank to Thanksgiving...that might have been worse. And that one has photographic evidence.



29. Blaze it.


Some people just aren't meant to have kids, some people aren't meant to smoke weed. I just sat there on a couch eating and saying nothing of value for a good 18 months. 3/10 would not recommend.


30. Covered a lot of ground in those years...

Pretty much all the different phases I went through during junior high...

Phase 1: Geek. Started off as the quiet girl who raised her hand at every question in class, sat at the most quiet table in the cafeteria to read and generally acted like a Hermione Granger protege. Because I have naturally curly hair I didn't know how to style at all I even looked the part. Also didn't care about what I wore at all.

Phase 2: The emo/scene/gothic look. Dyed my hair bright pink, then black. I looked sickly. Then I discovered eyeliner. Omg. I even used concealer as lipstick to get the most nude colored lips possible. Only wore dark clothes, listened to My Chemical Romance, Tokio Hotel, etcetc.

Phase 3: Bimbo phase. Happened over the summer before my last year in junior high. Switched it up completely. Dyed my hair blonde, started wearing pearls, tight clothes (usually a tight pink top and light blue skinny jeans) and emptied a mascara and hairspray bottle within a week. First day of school when I showed up like this at the bus stop I remember I was shocked because the most popular kid at school, who was the same age as me, actually said hi to me and started talking to me.

By the time I started high school I was pretty much done with the cringy phases, thank god.



31. I... ughhhhh... I don't know what to say about that...

The "WuffleShuffle" phase.

I would put a pillow on my face and pretend to be a creature called a "WuffleShuffle". I also kept saying "WuffleShuffle" like some sort of Pokemon.


Then it evolved to other things: TruffleShuffles, JacketShuffles, MattressShuffles, SeatbeltShuffles...

It was a pretty embarrassing phase.


32. That's a good look.

I would tuck my shirts into my jeans as tight as I possibly could, and had a weird obsession with bicycles and Mountain Dew.


33. The leather boots make it extra spicy.

Being an edgy metal head. Camo pants tucked into leather boots, wearing the most extreme shirt I could find (before online ordering was the norm) and blasting death metal a bit too loud. I still listen to some metal, but I'm not edgy anymore.



34. "I'm still an atheist, but at least I'm not a massive dick about it anymore."

My obnoxious atheist phase was pretty bad. About 5 or 6 years ago I'd search for every opportunity I could to argue with theists (mainly Christians), I shared atheist memes on Facebook, idolized Richard Dawkins, watched TheAmazingAtheist un-ironically, constantly talked about how God was a delusion, and would immediately think less of someone if I found out they were religious.

I'm still an atheist, but at least I'm not a massive dick about it anymore.


35. Thrift shops are the best.

I used to HATE going to thrift shops with my mother when I was a teenager. I would wear a blonde wig and sunglasses and make her call me "Maria" (not my real name).

Looking back, my mother was just trying to support 3 kids on my dad's salary, and thrift shops allowed her to buy me name-brand (albeit used) clothing that otherwise we wouldn't have been able to afford. What a dick I was.

...and for the record, I LOVE thrift shops now!!


36. "I just don't notice if a guy is attractive or not."

Oh my god I'm going to overcompensate and be as straight as possible phase, I'm not gay acting at all and I just don't have gay voice, so when I was 14 I overcompensated and tried to bring up my heterosexuality as much as possible, I once said the sentence "I just don't notice if a guy is attractive or not", uggh.



37. Gloves, gloves, gloves. Some are good. Some are bad.

Wearing gloves all the time for no reason.

Going to see some friends in summer? Gloves

School day? Gloves

Swimming? Gloves

After a while, I upgraded to fingerless gloves. I have no idea what I was thinking. 12-14 year old me was an idiot.



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