I haven't played video games in a long time, but I would get very anxious feelings, sort of a combination of an obsession, must play, must keep playing feeling, coupled with this very tight, stomach churning feeling on edge feeling. Which isn't my typical "anxiety attack" feelings exactly, but it's close to the trigger point for them, and it doesn't feel good. I still feel that way if I have to play cards against people. Also reading thriller/suspense novels brings on a similiar feeling for me. And group competitive activities.
I think it's totally the adrenaline levels - and maybe the difference in my feelings, is more of a physical reaction instead of an emotional reaction bringing on the physical reaction?
It's an interesting point that you bring up. I've never talked about it before, and really had no idea that others experienced that same things. I'm glad you did though - because I think before I had the tendency to think I was sort of lacking confidence for not being competitive, or not really into group activities and being a party downer for that reason, without realizing that I was avoiding things that stimulated me to really uncomfortable adrenaline levels.
Looking at it that way, kind of relieves me of feeling as bad about it. I wouldn't expect someone with a physical issue to take part in something that was really painful to them, so why would I blame myself for something that was the same, only emotionally?
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