Like some of you out there, Ellis has stated the phrase ‘I feel like I’m an Alien.’ We here at Massive Phobia understood what Ellis was saying, but many other of Ellis’ red friends and family couldn’t relate which caused much internal frustration.
So, what does feeling like an alien really mean?
To Ellis, and for many, to feel like an alien is to feel alone or not understood, like you don’t belong in this world. Sometimes you feel like you just don’t fit in anywhere. For Ellis, he’s the red circle while everyone else is a red square.
“It’s like everyone is in a bubble and you’re on the outside of it, looking in at them, observing, not quite able to fit into humanity, or in my case, dotmanity.” – Ellis
Part of what Ellis is feeling can be social anxiety, which is the fear of interaction with other people that brings on self-consciousness, feelings of being negatively judged and evaluated, and, as a result, leads to avoidance. This leads to feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, embarrassment, humiliation, and depression.
If you think you feel more normal when you’re alone, like you’re an alien on your own planet, then you just might have a social anxiety disorder.
Like Ellis, you may be trying to find your place in the world, and sometimes that place is hard to find. Just know that it’s perfectly okay to feel like you do not fit in anywhere. Be easy on yourself if you can and seek help if you feel like you need a professional to listen.
The below photo was created by Ellis, for all you fellow Aliens out there.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.