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I Handle Physical Pain Better Than Emotional Pain

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    I've taken up biting my cheeks to stop the pain.

    Actually it's more like clenching my teeth while trying to bite through my cheek. Oh well, at least no one can see the scars this way
    PrettyEyesBrokenSmile PrettyEyesBrokenSmile 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 23

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    Can You Buy Plasters For Your Mind?

    With physical pain all you have to do is count to ten or take some painkillers, maybe put a plaster over it. But when your hurt emotionally, it lingers. It can be forgotten, but it can be brought right back before you can even say ouch.
    OnMyTippeeToes OnMyTippeeToes 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2011

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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 3 days ago

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    But I Cried So Many Tears For This Child.

    I Guess The Day That I Found Out That There Wasn't A Forever Was June 21, 2009. I Mean No It Wasn't A Physical Miscarriage But It Was Sure Emotional. I Knew I Couldn't Have Been Truly Pregnant, But Deep Down In The Ruins Of My Heart I Knew Austin Was There. I Never Truly Had Sex...
    forgottenheart forgottenheart 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 20, 2011

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    Dead Alive

    My story is already posted under my profile if you want to read it.
    onefinefeller onefinefeller 46-50, M Aug 2, 2010

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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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    I have a very high pain tolerance

    so something that wld hurt most ppl doesn't hurt me
    xxalicerosexx xxalicerosexx 16-17, F Sep 27

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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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    I can usually just bat away being knocked in

    the head with something rather than feeling something and it ruins my day. My throat has been sore the past few days, just felt a little like sand was in my throat. Which, I remembered at the orthodontist he used a sandy substance to clean away some stuff. I figured that it was...
    QueenJayde16 QueenJayde16 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    Sad, But True..

    i know this is really horrible to say, but i honestly rather have a dude hit me and kick me.. then deal with the emotional abuse =(
    br0kenxangel br0kenxangel 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 28, 2012

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    Physical Is Better.

    i can't stand emotional pain because it makes me feel weak. i just can'e handel it, if anything that is sad or horrible to watch i will cry but n ot on purpose. where as i can take any physical pain and it doesn't bother me. i run literally until i am ready to drop because i can...
    Elouise22 Elouise22 18-21, F Sep 29, 2010

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    It Feels Good For A Moment

    Ive had tubes shoved up my nose, ive been in restraints, ive gotten shots in my hips ive cut myself with several different items before and ive jumped off a top shelf inside my garage( actually that was pretty fun) but i just cant cope with mental pain it wears and tears at me...
    Passionfruit3 Passionfruit3 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 18, 2012

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    Others Can See That Pain

    so it makes it easyer to deal with and while i will not longer kill you do not want to hurt some one i care about as i have nothing to loos and i will put you in a chair the rest of your life so youhave to live at the mercy of others
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Aug 14, 2012

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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

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    I Never Self Harmed Or Anything...

    ... I just handle physical pain better than emotional. I can just seem to ignore the physical pain. Put it out of my mind. It's really easy. I used to be so clumsy, walking too fast at work and bashing into pillars or cutting my hand on glass and stuff or w/e i was doing in a...
    SDuWarriorInf SDuWarriorInf 31-35, M Apr 11, 2012

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    Miscarriage

    a few years ago i had a miscarriage and i found i was able to cope with the physical pain of losing my baby but i really struggled with the emotional pain for quite a long time i know that i have a high pain threshold but emotional pain i have real problems with
    debbielansbury debbielansbury 41-45 Aug 6, 2010

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    Or

    It would be more accurate to say I handle emotional pain even worse then physical pain. I'm too vocal. =/  I'm a moaner, lol, that sounds wrong. =P
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 23, 2010

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    Self Mutilator

    I used to be a chronic self-mutilator up until about a year ago.  That being said, it does not mean the temptation to grab a box cutter and slice up my arms and legs does not creep in when I am extremely upset emotionally.  But I am stronger now and have learned through therapy...
    table4oneplz table4oneplz 31-35, F Mar 4, 2012

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    Physical pain is something

    that I can see, therefore I know given time the scars or bruises will go away. But emotional pain, I know it's there but I don't know what to do. No matter how much I try to make it disappear by trying to be happy, nothing works. The pain is always there. There will alway be...
    AriannaG AriannaG 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    The Key To Overcoming Challenges Is Not To Make Them Smaller, But To Make Yourself Larger!

    The key to overcoming challenges is not to make them smaller, but to make yourself larger! ~Rick Godwin Which Areas of Your Life Do You Want to Empower in just a short time? Finance? Emotions? Relationships? If you have even the slightest notion or even a deep down hunger...
    charlesafton charlesafton 41-45, M Feb 15, 2012

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    It Feels Good For A Moment

    Ive had tubes shoved up my nose, ive been in restraints, ive gotten shots in my hips ive cut myself with several different items before and ive jumped off a top shelf inside my garage( actually that was pretty fun) but i just cant cope with mental pain it wears and tears at me...
    Passionfruit3 Passionfruit3 22-25, F Mar 18, 2012

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    Cause There's No Painkillers For Emotional Pain

    There are painkillers for physical pain when its bad, but there's no painkillers for emotional pain. At least I haven't found any. I don't believe in drugs or alcohol, usually thats just a temporary remedy, but when withdrawal comes, it throws you to the ground fast and hard.
    SunnySmile SunnySmile 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2010

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    Physical Pain Goes Away Emotional Doesn't

    When I am hurt physically something can be done about like taking codeine or something but emotional is sitting on my heart for years and eating away at me. Maybe I should drug myself up?
    sufferingmypaininsilence sufferingmypaininsilence 18-21, F Jan 11, 2012

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    Physical pain you can heal from with some

    ointment but emotional pain never goes away
    ForTheFallen ForTheFallen 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 27

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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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    I go through so much **** everyday

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

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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 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 27, 2013

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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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    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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    Most People

    I think that most people out there can endure and are more willing to endure physical pain moreso than emotional pain.  I would give anything to have had a finger chopped off instead of what i had to go through with last night.  Saying goodbye to my best friend, saying goodbye...
    SombreAmaranthineAmour SombreAmaranthineAmour 31-35, F Apr 26, 2011

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    "Attracting & Manifesting True Abundance In Your Life"

    Thought is the only power which can produce tangible riches . . . Our Thought always continues to be creative; but in destructive use it becomes creative for destructive forces, and, since it has its origin in our own personality, we are certain sooner or later to feel its...
    charlesafton charlesafton 41-45, M Feb 22, 2012

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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

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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 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 28

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    I always get myself messed up : bruises,

    sprains, breaks, cuts. But when it's not physical, I have extreme meltdowns
    lethophobic lethophobic 13-15, F Jun 22

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    If at all possible...

    I don't like being put under...not only do I not know what the heck is going on....I also lose a few brain cells and seem more forgetful after undergoing general anesthesia....*___*
    WinterJane WinterJane 36-40, F Sep 27

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    I Can Workout My Body, But I Can't Workout My Feelings..

    I workout all the time, I get stronger. So what? If a person wanted to fight me and win, he'd have to take it to my heart, because the toughest people on the outside, are usually the most sensitive. And yes, I do consider myself sensitive, no matter how much I workout. Could be a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Sep 16, 2010

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    Self Harm

    I self harm in order to feel some physical pain which will mask at least part of the emotional pain that I am feeling. I have depression and find it hard to cope with the relentless misery that it brings.
    vivalagloria vivalagloria 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 13, 2010

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    Don't Hurt Me You'll Regret It!

      I'd always get more upset and hurt when someone called me names or acted disrespectful to me. Sticks and stones may break my bones and words can never hurt me is what I was taught but I could never take to heart. I'd so much rather be hit than to be called names by anyone...
    XieryaWolf XieryaWolf 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 3, 2012

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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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    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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    Physical Pain Vs. Emotional Pain

    I can handle physical pain very well I have a very high pain tolerance but on the other hand I emotional pain thats a low for me. I can cry so easily. I wonder why I'm like that?
    luvofanimals09 luvofanimals09 18-21, F Nov 7, 2011

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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 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    Let It Flow

    they say expression is the medium, that's why i was born a comedian, aspire to meditate, all you want is meditate, so simple, my mind was heavy weight, and now i'm in my zone,ignoring the ring of my phone, serious is the new vicious, compromise is avoiding the ones who are...
    reaperscry reaperscry 22-25, M Oct 10, 2013

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