This has puzzled me for years. On the surface, I'm areasonably intelligent and confident person but put me in a group of people and I turn to jelly.
Lots of empathy talk seems to revolve around taking on other people's emotions. I don't think this is my major problem ... I seem to take on other people's ATTITUDES andJUDGEMENTS ie the ways in which they see the world. I've always felt judged for being sensitive, introverted, etc, so I've internalised those judgements as truth and they've served to inhibit who I really am -causing anxiety in the process.
Given that social anxiety is an irrational fear of being judged (or to put it another way, a fear of experiencing other people's judgements) is this how social anxiety is caused?
Does this make sense to anyone????
Does anyone else feel they absorb attitudes rather then feelings?
updated by @alison: 10/22/17 04:37:17PM