Claim your space and find words that can allow you to be you. Many times I found myself simply not talking because you get those looks.. and the comments "your'e weird". It was easier to become a comedian and make others laugh because it was a way that I could be with others. When people laugh I do and connecting helped me.
I found that changing the words I use also helped me. This made me take a hard look at me and how I interact with the world. Changing the world around us starts with self. How you approach topics, what you say.. I struggle as much as what you are all describing, but you will find your niche and your way to "feel like you" when you are out with people. Another question to ponder is are they the right people? You pick up on people around you so it could be you need to pay closer attention to that.
Sometimes we build walls up and hold ourselves captive. It is a comfortable place but I realize it is not healthy. Balance is key. You need time for you and you also need time with others.
At least this website is here right?! Always revisit the Empath Survival Guide and Tools posted! Getting back to basics is never a bad thing... at least in my opinion.
updated by @dice: 03/19/17 08:48:02AM