Retrogirl's Raving Ruminations (retrogirlpolly) wrote in avoidants,
Retrogirl's Raving Ruminations
retrogirlpolly
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Avoidant or Empathic??

I don't think I've ever posted here before. I learned that I had AvPD a number of years ago. Self diagnosed. It helped me so much to connect with other avoidants, people who actually shared my experiences. Amazing. I've come a long way since then. So much that it's actually hard for me to read these messages now, they are so haunting. Anyway, I recently discovered that I'm also an Empath. Someone who feels the emotions of others. Interestingly, there is a strong correlation between the two. They have many of the same side effects. Feeling overwhelmed in crowds, isolation, loneliness, feeling like an alien, feeling like you're going crazy. I could go on. The group I belonged to so long ago no longer exists. Even my avoidant friends here are mostly gone. I just wanted to post this in case it can help someone. I couldn't find a very good link, but here's a couple that will give you an idea of what an Empath is. Generally, if the idea intrigues you, that's a good indication you are one. People who aren't empaths really don't care about the concept. Anyway....
http://www.psi-zone.net/aboutme/empath.htm
http://empathcommunity.ning.com/page/empath-survival-guide

Lori
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