You can say you are been watched of course when you were doing your exam, or playing a game front of so many people, but I am talking about feeling of been watched when you are alone in an empty house or in a place where there are no people around.
This can happen with a person with social anxiety disorder is afraid that he or she will make mistakes, look bad, and be embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. The fear may be made worse by a lack of social skills or experience in social situations. The anxiety can build into a panic attack. As a result of the fear, the person endures certain social situations in extreme distress or may avoid them altogether.
In addition, people with social anxiety disorder often suffer “anticipatory” anxiety , the fear of a situation before it even happens ,for days or weeks before the event. In many cases, the person is aware that the fear is unreasonable, yet is unable to overcome it.
Scientists in Germany did an experiments on blind people senses, they hold a picture of someone happy in front of a blind man, and reported that he will sense a feeling of comfort or general safety. They hold a picture of a mean looking robber to the same blind person, he can sense something is wrong. They repeated this experiment with so many blind men and women and they had a high positive response of the same thing.
We know that The part of the brain that can sense these things is the amygdala, and studies with blind people have shown that it can work without the use of site.
The amygdala is an almond shaped portion in the frontal portion of the brain, I think perhaps that is what is able to pick up on the sense that someone is staring at us. Some people said that the sense of being watched is similar to feeling the sun warming your back.
I think that over the years of our lives, we accumulate knowledge as to what is normal and what it not. The vast majority of this knowledge is accessed below the conscious level, meaning that your brain is processing information constantly without our self being aware of it. Things, situations, scenarios in everyday life situations with what our brain has learned is normal or they don’t.Often, people have a confirmation bias. “I had this feeling and it was true!” Often, your nerves interfere and you sort of force a perception that is unfounded.
In the holly books you read that the unseen entities like the devil and demons can see you from an angle or a place that you can not see them , may be because there is unseen curtain or special frequency or vibration that allow them to see us and don’t allow out human eyes to see them as we as a human have limited senses , the dogs and some animals can hear ultrasound frequencies which is higher than that in human ears, and the same is true in regards to the infra sound. our human eyes is adapted to certain frames and shades of gray and colors and limited compared to many other animals.
Our brain picks up on cues as to behavior, facial expressions, moods of people, things said out of character and such.Getting a “feeling of being watched” means that our brain senses something out of place even though our conscious isn’t registering it. It isn’t magic, nor foolproof, nor does it always mean there is a serial- torturing- satanic- rapist stalking us, it means that we picked up on something other than normal. We are being watched, and being watched is (from an evolutionary standpoint), very dangerous.
Our conscious selves are only superficially (and minimally aware) of all the information coursing through our brains (and it has to be that way-a conscious awareness of all the information would surely be maddening and not helpful for our survival).
Think about it for a minute- these brains, these information processing systems, have been evolving to help us stay alive and reproduce for untold millions of years. Other predatory organisms were always a major threat to our continued survival (predation from micro organisms was the major threat, but we developed microscopes and elaborate mechanisms to try to fend these off).
Now, more recently, other humans became our most dangerous predators. Terrorists , criminals and so on .The brain, no doubt, constantly monitors threat, but keeps that threat from our conscious awareness. When that threat becomes more persistent (has a higher “valence”), our consciousness is made aware of this threat. People unconsciously look around their environment at regular intervals to check for threats, but it’s usually very quick and we don’t notice it. Except when someone really is staring, then we get a surprise and become conscious of it.
Since we only remember looking around when we actually are being watched, it feels like you looked around because we were being watched. Hearing certain sounds can also unconsciously alert us, but more importantly,not hearing sounds we were unconsciously expecting can also alert us. Becoming aware of someone because of what we did not hear certainly makes us feel like we have a sixth sense.
I think it possible that we have a sense organ which picks up brain waves and can detect when those waves are directed at us and that scientifically logical as part of the survival mechanism but we yet have to prove it and I m sure it will be proven in 500 years from now. We’re still a long way off from actually reading people’s minds, without the help of technology. But I believe it’s one evolutionary possibility that will happen in 500 years from now , and that we can read other people mind and can see what other people dream and we can record that on a devise like the TV. We use only small percentage of our brain as we know , but in the future we will need more of our brain and force it to use more hidden power to face the world danger that will evolve as human brain evolve.
People who can read, or control minds, would have a advantage over the rest. But it would be in their best interest to keep such abilities hidden. Who knows, perhaps they already exist in USA , RUSSIA and other part of the world.
Many of you know that feeling you get when you’re being stared at? Out of the corner of your eye, even outside your field of vision, you can just tell someone is checking you out, sizing you up, or trying to make eye contact with you. Sometimes it almost feels like ESP, this ability to detect another person stare, because it often comes at the fringes of our awareness.
But far from being ESP, the perception originates from a system in the brain that’s devoted just to detecting where others are looking. This “gaze detection” system is especially sensitive to whether someone’s looking directly at you (for example, whether someone’s staring at you or at the clock just over your shoulder). Studies that record the activity of single brain cells find that particular cells fire when someone is staring right at you, but—amazingly—not when the observer’s gaze is averted just a few degrees to the left or right of you (then different cells fire instead). I know when my cat is staring at me and when i turn to look here she is staring and looking at me.May be it is anticipation?
This specialized machinery in the brain reveals just how important your gaze is when communicating with others. Where you look conveys how you feel and what your intentions are, what you like and what you don’t like, and directs attention to meaningful things in the environment. Further, making direct eye contact is the most frequent and perhaps the most powerful non-verbal signal we exchange with others; it’s central to intimacy, intimidation, and social influence.
Eye contact is so primal that its meaning extends across animal species: Predators stare intently before they pounce. Infants gaze at their parents to capture their attention. And as you probably know, humans and dogs can express many things to each other through eye contact alone.
Think of a time when you were out in public somewhere and you could sense someone was staring at you, without you even having to look in that person’s direction. What information was your (peripheral) visual system using that led to this awareness?
The first things we usually notice are the other person’s head and body positions. If either is pointed in your direction, especially in an unnatural way, this is a big tip-off. The most obvious case is when someone’s body is pointed away from you, but their head is turned toward you. This then alerts you to pay closer attention to their eyes.
But even when head and body positions don’t give us much information, studies find that our peripheral vision can still detect another’s gaze remarkably well. How do we do this?
One factor goes back to our gaze detection system, which makes us more sensitive to the position of others’ eyes than we realize. Another factor can be deduced by asking yourself this: How are human eyes different in their appearance from the eyes of other animals? What’s unique about the anatomy of human eyes?
The biggest difference is that when looking at human eyes, it’s easy to distinguish the dark center (the pupil and iris) from the rest of the visible eyeball (the sclera, the white part). These are hard to distinguish in other animals because: 1) in many animals, the pupil and iris cover most of the outward appearance of the eye, and 2) the sclera of other animals tends to be darker than the human sclera.
So humans have the greatest amount of visible white sclera. This contrast between the white sclera and the dark center makes it much easier to tell where someone is looking. We use a simple rule: dark in the middle of the eye = eye contact; dark on the right = looking right; dark on the left = looking left.
Assuming the head is stationary, consider how easy it is to follow the gaze of human eyes compared to the eyes of a gorilla, tiger, lemur, wolf, or owl.
Having such an easily detectable gaze would be a liability for many species, especially predatory ones. As a predator, you don’t want others to know you’re staring at them, so a darker, less visible sclera is ideal.
But human survival has come to depend more on cooperating and coordinating our efforts with other people, so communication skills have become more critical to our survival. Biologists (link is external) suggest that our larger, whiter sclera evolved because they vastly improve our ability to communicate with others—the same reason our complex language capacities evolved. However, eye gaze can express many things that spoken language can’t, or things that would take too long to verbalize, like imminent dangers in the environment.
True, having these eyes can make it harder to hide our emotions or to sneak up on prey, but on the whole, gaze signaling and gaze detection have been huge assets to us. That ESP-like feeling you get when you’re being watched is your brain telling you, in a barely perceptible way, that something meaningful is happening. Remember that God is watching us all the time, some people can really feel it. Guardian angels also watching us and some times they intervene to help with The Lord permission.
So don’t be afraid and let it happen , express your feeling and gaze at the stars more often and stair deep into your self to keep tune with the faith of the creator of this universe. We must follow the light with our heart with out staring directly at the source of the light as it can blind us with its overwhelming grace.
Thank you for watching ( I meant reading).
Steve Ramsey, PhD. Calgary , Canada.