One of those days...
you very well may be on point. ill update the boards with any experiences i have, pleasant or otherwise.
im reading a book called "the reluctant empath."
there is an interesting suggestion to not attempt to block or protect ourselves from the negative energy of others on the premise that we expel our own energy by doing so and feed into the negativity, thereby making it stronger. instead, it suggests to identify the fear within ourselves and find a way to resolve this inner fear.
im a bit of PSY nerd and this is a very Jungian approach (see "shadow self" for amplification), so it has definitely peeked my interest.
i also have thoughts of just not engaging, and truth be told, i spent a great deal of my adult life shutting others out. im not exactly thats even possible anymore. nor am i sure that is the best, or healthiest, decision for me long term.
there has to be a better way of protection and/or coping. im a dreamer at heart and like to think i can help people, but i sometimes think i can get delusional optimistic in this particular aspect .