Fear of being observed boils down to fear of being judged, criticized or harshly scrutinized, especially by strangers.
This element of social anxiety may manifest in a variety of situations.
• After being asked a question, while others are attending to your reply
• While performing public tasks, such as checking out at a cash register
• While getting services, such as a spa treatment or haircut
• Doctor’s visits
• Whenever meeting new people
• Any public speaking opportunity
Fear of being observed boils down to this:
Don’t watch me. Don’t scrutinize me. Don’t judge me. Just LEAVE ME ALONE.
People with fear of being observed may be fine out among people – at the mall, or at an amusement park; at the movies or anywhere people congregate. The problem occurs when attention turns to them. As soon as this happens, anxiety erupts.
Nothing more to say about fear of being observed. If you suffer with social anxiety, considering it a fear of being observed may simply clarify the issue.