Why Do We Think Everyone Is Staring At Us
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Learn why we think everyone is staring at the US. Thinking people are staring at you isn’t just a symptom of paranoia or narcissism. Studies show that feeling like you’re being ogled is a natural instinct. Often times it’s easy enough to know for sure by following the direction of their eyes. In cases where their face is blocked from our view or their eyes covered by sunglasses we naturally assume we’re the focus.

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Learn why we think everyone is staring at the US. Thinking people are staring at you isn’t just a symptom of paranoia or narcissism. Studies show that feeling like you’re being ogled is a natural instinct. Often times it’s easy enough to know for sure by following the direction of their eyes. In cases where their face is blocked from our view or their eyes covered by sunglasses we naturally assume we’re the focus. Scientists believe it’s a survival mechanism to avert potential aggression. They found that in primates a direct gaze is interpreted as a threat. The brain takes a better-safe-than-sorry stance and prepares them for potential harm. Researchers are looking forward to applying their findings to gaining a deeper understanding of how those with autism and social anxiety process the world around them. It’s already known that people with autism have difficulty detecting being stared at, and individuals with social anxiety over estimate how often they’re being watched. Typically, humans have laser-like precision when it comes to locating the source of attention. The detection system is so specialized people can even tell peripherally if someone is looking at them.