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Using reading glasses as a buffer against social anxiety

I simply dread passing people on the sidewalk, im friendly, but when my SA is ramped up, [like lately], I cant bring myself to say hi to other friendly people.


busy sidewalks are ok, but one lone pedestrian half a block away wiggs me out. sometimes I even cross the street when i dont need to in these cases.

Recently I was wondering if wearing my reading glasses would work like the "how now brown cow" anti stuttering device shown on "Thats Incredible", where the stutterer wears hearing aid like plugs that distort their own voice, which makes it so they dont wigg out and stutter.

Seeing their face in a blur really takes the edge off. I can see just well enough to see where they are looking, or at least take a good guess, but the piercing eye contact is blunted

After trying a couple of times today I suspect there may be significant help in this.

found one person on redit claiming similar results, but seems more like a pseudo sun glass effect.

I have long found sunglasses useful in this, but i think reading glasses may be better.

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So I'm a 26 year old female and I had my very first eye exam a few weeks ago. Turns out I need glasses. I never would have imagined this, but wearing glasses feels like putting a slight barrier between other people and myself. I don't know how to explain it, but for some reason it feels like my face and eyes are less exposed which makes me feel less vulnerable. Can anyone else relate to this?
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