Honestly? There is an element of both, but no, I do not fully buy into the theory of social anxiety, as far as the empath is concerned. Overcrowded spaces, and large group settings are typically overwhelming to the empath for two main reasons.
1. The empath can pick up on energy, this energy tends to become them, and they exhibit these emotions. Imagine the internal chaos of an empath who is surrounded by a large group of people? That is energy, emotion AND data overload, and let us not forget, empaths are very easily over stimulated. They already have so much going on in their psyche, the idea of dealing with left over residue from a host of strangers is almost unbearable. It is common for the empath after such intense socialising to return home with all of these alien feelings, that they probably have no idea how to deal with, as they do not belong to them.
2. Let’s be honest here, the empath has had a very difficult life. They have probably come from a family with a lot of karmic debt, they have probably been picked on quite a bit for their reserved, and at times timid nature, and they have probably been victim to a few narcissists/sociopaths also. So of course, the empath (until they have fully healed), is probably absolutely terrified of being judged, and what’s worse than being judged by one person? Being judged be an entire group of people, simultaneously.
So what can be done? Strip away the layers that echo to you that you must fear the world or fear their reactions. fear is a false product of the past. Understand that the future is all that exists. Allow it to exist as it does. Do not set pre – conceived notions or expectations about it. Just let it be.
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