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I Handle Physical Pain Better Than Emotional Pain

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    it's back again. The wish

    for physical pain to distract from the emotional pain. I can soothe the emotional pain most of the time but my spouse just won't let them stay soothed for along. He pokes at my emotions and coaxes them out so that they are once again exposed for him to bully and belittle. I am...
    Etheros Etheros 46-50, F 9 Responses May 27, 2015

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    Physically, I am immune to pain.

    It amazes me, friends and doctors how pain that should cripple someone goes straight past me. But emotionally, I'm a wreck. It takes only slight blows to my psych and I'm a complete shell, I can't take emotional pain at all. If anyone can help me with this, or shares this with...
    sadnessisbeauty sadnessisbeauty 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    Physical and emotional pain are often compared

    with each other and people argue about which one is worse. I personally think that emotional pain wins it hands down. Physical pain can be very fierce and intense, but it usually lasts for a short period of time. Not to forget that there are a lot of painkillers to be found...
    Drastine Drastine 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 8, 2015

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    physical pain relief has a target.

    . endorphins release tingles and your body is heightened.. alert and alive. emotional pain is just lost in the abyss throbs and is cancerous.. I believe In death though heartbreak (ie elderly couple together for 65 years, one partner dies the other passes away days later...
    adamkendal adamkendal 31-35, M Nov 25, 2015

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    Physical pain you can heal from with some

    ointment but emotional pain never goes away
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 27, 2014

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    The physical pain will go away.

    The emotional hurts for years. I know.
    savoy2 savoy2 46-50, M 4 Responses Nov 15, 2015

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    God, do I?! I can handle the whipping,

    and the binding perfectly, but the emotional, just shreds me. Why?! I still have yet to figure out..
    StartsWithOne StartsWithOne 26-30, M May 17, 2015

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    Is it bad that I normally cut,

    not because I'm upset or anything, but just because? I feel like its taking me over. In see a phsyciatrist but its not helping. ??
    SomeDepressedTeenx SomeDepressedTeenx 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 28, 2014

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    **Infant loss trigger** For my son's birth I

    was given drugs to induce labor. I was 38 weeks pregnant and we found out his heart had stopped beating. Induced labour is supposed to be much more painful than going into labour naturally. Still, I decided to try and deliver without an epidural so that I could be totally aware...
    Etheros Etheros 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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    To prepare for a role I was playing

    for a school assignment I put on five inch heels and walked through the forest! This was around 4 years ago though I do still love boots and heels combined is even better!
    Rhea03811 Rhea03811 13-15, F Aug 29, 2015

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    I believe that this story about me is the

    reason my I have a higher tolerance for physical pain than emotional pain. When I was young, I was stubborn and didn't listen to my parents often. Yes, I have grown out of that, mind you. I would often get in trouble and put on restriction; they would take away my television...
    MadiofAsgard MadiofAsgard 16-17, F Jun 18, 2015

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    Physical Pain>Emotional Pain

    I can handle physical pain just fine, I have a super high pain tolerance to begin with. But when dealt with handling emotional pain, I am a complete wreck... I break down. Both pains cause scars but physical scarring eventually heals up and fades away, emotional scarring lasts...
    KawaiiDoll KawaiiDoll 18-21, F Oct 26, 2011

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    In my family I can tolerate pain better

    than anyone, it's just the truth. Even though I have a cold exterior, i'm extremely sensitive and will cry often if the situation is right. Emotional pain I can't tolerate.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 10, 2015

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    Emotional pain is better than a slap across the face any time.
    BaReFooTSexy BaReFooTSexy 26-30, M May 19, 2015

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    emotional pains leave scars

    that never fade. physical pain is temporary.
    amymayoral01 amymayoral01 51-55, F 1 Response Jul 22, 2015

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    Well, yeah, obviously.

    I can take a beating but na na na na, don't funk with my heart. Flesh heals faster anyway.
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F Sep 28, 2014

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    Of Course...

    I can handle physical pain way better than emotional pain because there is always smthing you can do about the physical pain, take some meds, get some rest, see a doctor. But with emotional pain well there's really nothing to be done, it depends on the individual. Me, myself, I...
    asimpson86 asimpson86 22-25, F Feb 1, 2012

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    Cut the tip off a finger.

    was given THREE different pain prescriptions. didnt need any of them. have a someone who been my friend for a few years put a 180 over night? Cry forever.
    fallenzero fallenzero 22-25, M Aug 9, 2015

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    problems problems, why is it

    that my friend don't talk to me like she used to, we had so much fun and we talked every day, now she is becoming a memory, and my anger does not get any better, my patience or gone missing and my friend wants to jump of a bridge, but so do I. I say I want a girl but then...
    LoneWarrior94 LoneWarrior94 18-21, M Nov 5, 2015

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    I rip 20 strands of hair out,

    no pain.. Half my toe nail rips off, no tears slight pain... Gets burnt, is only aggravated that the blister is there... Someone invades my trust; cries everyday twice a day...
    SadlySafe SadlySafe 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 8, 2015

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    Sometimes the emotional pain is

    so debilitating that I punch myself on the leg. So that my body can feel the pain my brain and heart feel and I can get past the moment.
    teadiva teadiva 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 21, 2015

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    When Reality Hits...

    It stings on impact. Like hot on cold. It burns. This morning I realised that it's truly over. We are no more & you are really gone. I held my breath to minimise the sudden pain in my chest... & sat so still. If I'd have moved I would have screamed, or stood I would have...
    SevenTierCrazyCake SevenTierCrazyCake 36-40, F Mar 27, 2013

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    i would rather be punched in the face any day

    rather than emotional abuse
    dragoneyes35 dragoneyes35 36-40, F 11 Responses Jan 18

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    emotional pain crushes me.

    physical pain, i feel i have more control over. and most of the time, my emotional pain overrides the physical pain. confusing? definitely!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 23, 2015

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    I want to cut myself right now

    but I know that i can't. It would be a step backwards that i would use against myself in the future. My husband (who I am Leaving) and i just had an argument. He keeps trying to convince me that i don't know how to speak properly so that people understand me and that I don't...
    Etheros Etheros 46-50, F 2 Responses Jul 21, 2015

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    Someone could just hit me

    and I would care ... Okay I would hit them cause they started it but I don't cry. But when some one hurts me I try my best to handle it but when I'm a lone I will just cry. I cry a lot now ... I never use to cry when I was little. I guess all the tears I've been holding in are...
    FighterWolf FighterWolf 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    It all seems to be seeping in,

    and I hate it. I don't know which is worse, the physical that is annoying me and stopping me from doing things I want to do or the emotional that's eating away at me from inside out. So the physical will fade, and has done over the past few weeks, but the emotional is holding...
    Littlemisssomebody Littlemisssomebody 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 21

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    I go through so much **** everyday

    but physical pain I handle better than emotional.
    Elisharocks12 Elisharocks12 13-15, F Jun 25, 2014

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    The Emotional Shackles

    ~~THEN~~ Some days just feel too hard. When the pain is just too much or the future looks too bleak. Those days feel like you just can’t make it through… Those are the dark, deep days when you feel overwhelmed & hopeless Those are the days when you wish you could curl up in a...
    SynAnonymous SynAnonymous 41-45, F 2 Responses May 9, 2010

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    Bruises heal, Sprains heal,

    Broken bones heal, Cuts heals, What doesn't heal is the mental cuts I get from every word they say. Those cut deep.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 18-21, F Aug 9, 2015

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    Dealing Is Dealing

    I used to be a pretty extreme kid, giving myself piercings, cutting my self and now that I'm adult I even enjoy getting tattoos. But emotional pain for me has always been incredibly rough. I didn't handle it well as a kid in early high school, and I still don't handle it like a 1...
    rvlashn rvlashn 22-25 Feb 7, 2011

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    My Scars

    when someone hurts me emotionally, i respond by hurting myself physically.i have so many scars on my wrist im afraid to wear anything but a long sleeve shirt or jacket.i cant have them know what i do to ease my emotional pain
    justmyownlife justmyownlife 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 12, 2012

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    Physical pain is a daily occurrence

    for me, it is not a big thing and can be blocked out. The emotional pain destroys me once again.
    1niceguy4u 1niceguy4u 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 9, 2015

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    I Don't Complain Much With Physical Pain, But...

    If I'm emotionally hurt, I respond to it. I get depressed. I think of self-harm if it's too much for me to bear. I get headaches frequently, and I don't take anything for it. I put up with it. With emotional pain, I speak up! I don't and never could ignore that! I wish I knew...
    noaht43 noaht43 41-45, T Aug 24, 2012

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    Its so strange to not feel

    yet at the same time to feel. To not feel the normal feelings towards ppl. Yet to feel so much pain in ur souls that all u can think of is a way to stop the pain. No matter what that is. Anything to dull the pain. I have chased everything I can think of to ease the pain. Sex...
    WickedlilAngel WickedlilAngel 31-35, F Jan 6, 2015

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    I have a very high pain tolerance

    so something that wld hurt most ppl doesn't hurt me
    xxalicerosexx xxalicerosexx 18-21, F Sep 27, 2014

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    I have always been a good person

    who went though the actions to make my life better no mater how bad from everything from dying being brought back and learning how to do most things over again to drug abuse and learning not only how to get clean but stay clean now i have no desire to live and not enough courage...
    mylast mylast 41-45, M 2 Responses Sep 28, 2014

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    oOf course that makes sense.

    I grew up learning physical pain as come on now toughen up. But I never had a good emotion teacher on how to correctly deal with some emotions. my parents were dealing with some very deep emotions and self that they did not know how to deal with. The loss of a sister that I...
    imnotyourfriend imnotyourfriend 41-45, M Nov 25, 2015

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    This Is So True About Me...

    I have tattoos and piercings that I didnt flench or whine about, but when it comes to emotional pain I just cant handle it well. I cry constantly, lock myself in a room ususally in the dark and some times I cut to deal with it. Id take physical pain over emotional any day...
    angelzevil angelzevil 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 12, 2010

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    CharryICT CharryICT 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 10

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