Being an outsider
Whether through choice or circumstance we will be in situations where it feels like the people we are with are not on “our side”. They may be actively trying to enter into conflict with us, or they may simply have different needs and beliefs.
Alternatively, we may sometimes decide that we are different from the people we are with and make ourselves feel like outsiders.
In both these situations our brain can sense potential risk because we are not in the safety of the “tribe”. Who will look after us if something goes wrong? Or worse, could the people around us be the direct threat?
To improve health consider
- Are you focusing on the differences between you and others rather than what you have in common?
- Can you take steps to avoid or reduce time spent with and the consequences of harmful and threatening people?