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I Can't Express Emotion

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    Lonely - I find it really hard to express emotions because my parents never expressed their emotions or taught me how to. I really want to make more friends but I find it hard...
    melanie418 melanie418 26-30 Apr 27, 2011

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    I Wear My Heart On My Sleev... - I wear my heart on my sleeve, and sometimes it leaves me wide open. I am a very emotional person and feel things deeply.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 27, 2008

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    Confused - I am 31 years old and haven't had a relationship in many years.  It's frustrating b/c I want to feel love but I think I'm too concerned with protecting myself and...
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton 36-40, M 6 Responses May 14, 2007

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    Robot - I'm good at expressing myself in art and music, but when it comes to actual interaction, I come across as awkward and distant. I'm practically a robot. My friends think I...
    Versinthe Versinthe 13-15, F Nov 18, 2012

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    Where Is My Voice? - I have always been the person that you can come vent your emotions to. The type of person that you know will be there for you when you want to talk. What i...
    pelwex pelwex 18-21 4 Responses Jan 14, 2009

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    Gutted - I've never been good at expressing my emotions ...most of the time it was put off as I was a guy, blah blah blah. But that is always a cop out BS answer. I'm sure I could...
    amodelcitizen amodelcitizen 36-40, M 7 Responses Feb 28, 2013

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    I Just Stare - I've never really had a problem with emotions before, I think it's because I'm getting older. Most of it started last year when I was a freshman in high school. It...
    ZehSnickahBah ZehSnickahBah 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 2, 2009

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    And My Friends And Boyfriends Are Getting Tired Of It.. - I can do it only if I'm so angry that I can't control myself.I can't talk normally when it comes to sharing.when I get...
    wilddarksick wilddarksick 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 12, 2011

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    I Feel Like Sharing Mine's.... - For real i hide my emotions cause no one will understand. And things will gone complicated and judge you when you tell them. And really, I'm...
    cHopzWmanshArt cHopzWmanshArt 18-21 Nov 23, 2012

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    Every since I was little I couldn't show emotion nor pure happiness. I know I could cry so at least I knew I was a human. But due to basically raising myself having no friends...
    KittyKat43va KittyKat43va 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    Emotionally Incomplete - I've never been able to express my emotions so they mostly come out as anger or depression. I have always been detached from other peoples emotions too. I...
    amigoodenough amigoodenough 36-40, F 7 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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    Attic Night - A few weeks ago my wife found pictures of my ex-girlfriend and I from a little over 10 years ago, not to mention letters from my ex to me during basic training. I...
    mitchkramer mitchkramer 31-35, M Mar 31, 2012

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    since i was little i would have to take care of my dad who was a mental disaster all i remember is that i thought that since he was crying i needed to support him and help him so i...
    danisrocks danisrocks 18-21, F Mar 6

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    Emotionaly Flat................. -  I often come across as aloof and distant to others, I often have great difficulty connecting to my OWN emotions and feelings and to the...
    sneakyfox sneakyfox 41-45, F 2 Responses Apr 19, 2011

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    I Want To Be An Emotional Being - I have reached a point in my life where I need to decide who I want to be. I'm 38 years old and I have been blind to so many things about myself...
    strugglingtochange strugglingtochange 36-40, M Nov 6, 2011

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    Emotionless - Most times, i am emotional. But sometimes, i find myself emotionless, staring at the wall, my eyes glazed like a plastic doll. I can't cry when im too sad, when...
    fuglygirlonthebench fuglygirlonthebench 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 18, 2011

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    Non-existant Words - I am a 22 year old male who lives with his girlfriend. Many fights have escalated much further between the two of us because I cannot express my emotions...
    RedSkittle RedSkittle 22-25 2 Responses Jul 19, 2010

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    EMOTIONALLY Disconnected - WELL THAT IS WHAT A GROUP OF COUNSELORS TOLD ME AND AS I THOUGHT ABOUT IT WELL I FOUND IT TO BE TRUE. WHEN I FELL IN LOVE I KNEW IT BUT COULD NOT EXPRESS...
    anonymouslyhere anonymouslyhere 31-35, F 3 Responses May 18, 2007

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    I'm Too Scared - My dad used to beat me, he got sent to prison for it eventually but I learnt to toughen up. Even when I watched my sister die in front of me, I physically couldn't...
    Mycornetto Mycornetto 13-15, F Dec 30, 2012

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    I Can't Tell People What I'm Really Feeling - The 'me' that people know is nowhere close to the real 'me'. I've always been worried about what people think of me, of what they'd do...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 2, 2010

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    I recently joined this community in hopes to get many things off my chest, and hopefully get some positivity from anyone who’s willing to listen. My name is Zach and I’m 19...
    Zach001 Zach001 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 6

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    I find it challenging to be honest with my family because I am different from them and I think differently than them. I know that my family judges atheists, and political liberals...
    Growlin Growlin 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    It sucks when you're ignored by the person whose attention is the only thing you want in the world. Ever since this girl first walked into our school, I couldn’t take my eyes...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 2

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    It sucks when you're ignored by the person whose attention is the only thing you want in the world. Ever since this girl first walked into our school, I couldn’t take my eyes...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 2

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    This is going to sound weird but i need some advice. I am in love with my aunty's step-son. Yeah! He knows and he told me that we can be together because of the family situation...
    Adridee Adridee 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    I never thought I would be in the position of absolutely hating my in-laws. I always thought that was too stereotypical (that wouldn't happen to me). But, unfortunately it just...
    hdd3 hdd3 18-21 Mar 16

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    This experience has by far been the best thing that has ever happened to me, but it is also the thing that has caused me the most pain. I have known him for my entire life, but I...
    DeadZombiePerson DeadZombiePerson 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 17

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    He pulls me in with his eyes and funny expressions. I can't help but laugh when he makes ridiculous jokes. When he utters my thoughts out loud, I feel the terror of admiring...
    Jesticles Jesticles 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 18

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    I'm really struggling at the moment to find a reason to keep on living or to look to the future. I split from my ex a while ago but we have been on and off since. We have a...
    isthereanypoint isthereanypoint 26-30 Apr 8

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    I have been with him for over three years, and his near-constant nitpicking has just kept escalating. Now, I know I'm not perfect. I'm still hanging on to the baby fat after more...
    Lovelornmother Lovelornmother 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I was about to send this to a girl, who I'm madly in love with, and who is also my best friend. But I couldn't bring myself to hit send... "I've known you for about 6 years now...
    Canonomousjay Canonomousjay 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 30

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    I first this girl (Tori) on the bus I always thought she was beautiful but I never had the guts to go and talk to her. I guess this was partly because she was surrounded by her...
    larybobjinkin larybobjinkin 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 8

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    I have a problem. Noone is listening what I'm saying, noone respects me. I have no friends, I'm lonely just because I'm honest and I can't stand when somebody tricks me. Anyway...
    anonimus124 anonimus124 41-45, F Apr 8

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    "I hope they cannot see the limitless potential, living inside of me, to murder everything. I hope they cannot see; I am the great destroyer." - Trent Reznor (The Great Destroyer...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Legend says when u can't sleep , you're already wake in someone dream & I can't sleep I guess I'm chilling in someone dream 😁
    Advisory Advisory 16-17, F Mar 16

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    I have a big problem in my life currently. I am living in Canada, but English is not my first language. My English is actually very good, my only problem is when I go to a party...
    hami9293 hami9293 26-30, M Mar 16

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    Falling in love with somebody I can't have is probably the most frustrating thing I've ever had to deal with. Frustrating, why? Because he is a relatives partner, whom I'm dearly...
    mixedemotionslo mixedemotionslo 18-21, F Mar 16

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    I sit in the dark with headphones on, running unsaid scenarios in my head and being smothered by anxiety. I feel my heart fluttering like a snare drum and am paralysed by my own...
    Brangwen Brangwen 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 17

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    Why can't you notice the girl who's head over heels for you, the girl who thinks about you all day and night, the girl who stares at you when you stare at the other girls... why...
    LilithAbney LilithAbney 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 18

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    I am so glad that no one can hear my thoughts. If they did I'll be alone in a world that can't accept the truth about themselves. And mostly death threats. 😃
    lolrule101 lolrule101 16-17, M Mar 18

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    I'm laying here at 5am and just can't seem to sleep. I'm anxious, and just can't seem to calm down.
    19goingonfabulous 19goingonfabulous 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 19

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    My boyfriend and me have been together for almost 4 years yet I can't seem to actually be fed up enough to leave. I can't count on both my hands how many times he's cheated... I...
    kaylakinkade kaylakinkade 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 19

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    So when I was 10 I went to visit my uncle who lives in California. I had a great time! So my last day we went to the beach and there I met a scrawny boy with blonde hair and blue...
    DeadlyKryptonite DeadlyKryptonite 13-15, F Mar 20

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    I am having such a hard time getting over my last relationship. I met him online, on Facebook out of nowhere. We started hanging out, and things started to get more intense. He...
    visionsofexile visionsofexile 18-21, M Mar 20

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    If your a woman who can't cook, just find a man who can! ;-)
    jpkparker jpkparker 51-55, M Mar 20

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    He cheated and I can't forgive him, but I can't get him out of my head.
    slmlucy slmlucy 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    My boyfriend and I are currently trying to work things out after he made out with someone else 3 weeks ago. We have been dating 2 1/2 years and live together. His is my best...
    mixedup2 mixedup2 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    I'm in love with this boy I know. He's cute funny and we're really good friends. The only problem is that he's straight and he doesn't know in gay. Every time I see him I can't...
    zakkoboi14 zakkoboi14 13-15, M 4 Responses Mar 22

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