I've just joined the Forum, and I am so happy for finding this place!
It's been a couple of years now that I've discovered I am an empath, as well as a highly sensitive person. I've researched on these topics and read some books, but I hope to deepen my understanding here, in interaction with the people who are living the same way.
Apologies if this topic has been already a subject of someone else's post, but I would greatly appreciate your insights regarding the topic of empath/HSPs and social media interactions.
As someone who doesn't really use much social networks, I've recently joined a website with a very strong community. Many friendships in real life stemmed from the platform, and generally, I've found that people are very friendly and kind, caring and understanding. It's been a while since I've joined the community, but I've noticed lately that I am becoming increasingly anxious and almost jittery even. The more time I spend there, I am realizing that sometimes posting or writing anything is almost like a mine field and there is a lot of pent up drama - veiled under the nicely wrapped texts, passive aggressive posts and hidden sarcasms. Now, this isn't my impression - some discussions actually escalated in quite a negative direction. And although I never met them, and I never want to assume certain opinion of someone without meeting them, some members seem rather aggressive, crude and I even dare say, bullying.
This has made me all confused, with mixed feelings, and I feel like I am not my normal self. So, I'd like to ask (after this rather long intro, sorry) whether it really could be possible to feel and absorb all these other people's moods and emotions, even if it is online? Or I am just weird?
If this has happened to you, what would you suggest as a coping solution?
Thank you so much in advance!
PS. This post has been edited, just for a clarification that the web community I'me referring to is not a platform for empaths nor anything similar.
updated by @indigodust: 05/22/20 04:40:48PM