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I Want to Be Less Emotionally Reactive

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    Empty Nester Falling Apart - I would like to become less reactive, emotionally stronger! I seem to absorb too many sad emotions and feel like life ended when my only child left for...
    Mtnestmom Mtnestmom 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 23, 2012

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    I Never Thought of That... - wow.. i had never thought of this topic... but I do cry at the drop of a hat... I believe I am a super sensitive, or intercessor, depending on your...
    dctalk4him dctalk4him 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 27, 2008

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    Roll With It - Change is inevitable.  Challenges are inevitable.  Hurt and disappointment is inevitable.   Faith in God is absolutely necessary.  I want to...
    PrayerWhisperer PrayerWhisperer 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2007

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    Life Happens.... - There are some things you can control in life and some you can't.  I get upset at small things, big things and things I can't even control.  I've...
    luvangels luvangels 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2008

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    There is only one true meaning of life. To copy yourself into the future. Just about any emotion, instinct or action, whether cruel or kind, is designed to drive us towards that...
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    Has anyone ever 'trained' their heart to not emotionally care? Blocking out heartache to the point of feeling absolutely no love, pain, guilt or anything that comes with love? One...
    Trainedheart Trainedheart 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    You Are 70% Grown Up, 30% Kid Congratulations, you are definitely quite emotionally mature...
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    Hi guys! I would love to hear if anyone else has been through something similar or would love to hear your thoughts on this! Ok, so I have always been emotionally unavailable due...
    Trainedheart Trainedheart 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    My now sorta ex got tired of having to commit to a serious relationship with me once she turned 21 (because she wanted to go out to bars and not have to worry about me staying home...
    Mercey Mercey 18-21, M Mar 17

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    There isn't a topic for those already in a Emotionally Abusive relationship. So I decided to post what happened to me today: Before I begin, me and my partner have been together...
    SoAntagonistic SoAntagonistic 26-30, M 2 Responses Mar 22

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    My first term of university was amazing, hands down probably one of the most fun experiences of my life. However, second term came around and all the problems of life seemed to...
    eviecain eviecain 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    I was in a emotional abusive relationship and I'm out of it now . My ex and I started dating freshman year of high school but we've known each other since 7th grade . He never used...
    Loving1234 Loving1234 16-17, F Mar 31

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    I'm exhausted Physically Mentally Emotionally School has been absolute hell. My daily sleep goes from 5 hours to nearly 3, inclusive of daily body rip apart trainings- How long...
    prettybr0wneyes prettybr0wneyes 13-15, F Apr 2

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    I have a very strange family dynamic. My uncle is in jail since forever and my oldest cousin killed himself. He actually threatened me and three of my friends one night. At...
    ThreeIII ThreeIII 31-35, F Mar 17

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    I get emotionally attached to boys easily. It sucks so hard. Some people think that a kiss on the lips is nothing but to me, once you kiss me and not talk to me... I will mope...
    Lalafancy Lalafancy 18-21, F Mar 22

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    Emotionally abusive relationships are the scariest kind..because it hooks your soul and never let's you free 😔💔
    souksminaj souksminaj 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 6

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    I just realized how emotionally distant I can be. I can be fun, really fun when you first meet me. I'll make jokes, and talk about stupid things. But, when people try to get close...
    mydays1994 mydays1994 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Ive never been emotionally attached to anyone. Not even my parents and familly. I always feel like Im just driffting while everythinings moving along very fast. I started feeling...
    tikani tikani 16-17, F 4 days ago

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    I have a struggled quite a bit living life. Battling alcoholism, depression, an anxiety disorder and social phobias I have crossed an emotional landscape often painted bleak and...
    ProgressNotPerfection ProgressNotPerfection 41-45, M 1 Response Mar 20

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    When I opened myself to learn hypnosis I experienced several things on my journey. I'm not sure if its a combined learning from other changes in my life that were happening at the...
    lightshinesbright lightshinesbright 41-45, F Mar 28

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    One of my best friends is the greatest friend I could ever had. She tries to show people just how much heart she is willing to give, and people just want to darken it. She keeps...
    VinceOfOhio VinceOfOhio 16-17 2 Responses Mar 18

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    It may be that I am dysfunctional because of mother issues, being abanded emotionally at 9 years old could be the cause, I'm not sure. But I enjoy the company of girls...
    opticaltee opticaltee 46-50, M 4 Responses Mar 18

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    I'm not worthy to live anymore. I hurt people every time you talk. Im mentally and emotionally unhealthy and I need help. Nobody wants me it seems...if I could have just one wish...
    JEJ22 JEJ22 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 22

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    I'm constantly hurting emotionally... I used to self harm.. it helped deal with all the problems for a while.. for a while, I was in control of my problems.. no one could hurt me...
    ForeverSilenced1126 ForeverSilenced1126 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 24

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    The Search "This was written during the time I felt the urgency of my search. I've had a lot of disappointments along the way but one thing rang inside my head that day. It was...
    elyzadusk elyzadusk 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    I am fat. I am short. I have a dark complexion. Curly hair, crooked teeth. In other words I am not beautiful. Says who? Says a guy who I thought was a friend. I am not on the...
    spilledinklove spilledinklove 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 3

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    Last week I got out of an abusive relationship. Last week my whole life changed. I am now living the "single" life. Which I haven't for a while. At first with my boyfriend...
    laneyrn laneyrn 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 3

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    All my life felt pointless because I never had any real reason to keep living... I finally find that one purpose for continuing with life, something to make life worth living. That...
    HeyItsJay HeyItsJay 13-15, M 2 Responses Apr 4

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    Ever since this girl first walked into our school for the first time, I couldn't take my eyes off her, and I know I probably wasn't the only one gazing at her beauty. Through my...
    elugo123456789 elugo123456789 18-21, M Apr 6

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    I just read a news article about a victim who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing and how she left the show Meet The Press in tears because they mentioned the bombers...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 3 days ago

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    I do want to lose weight. It is good for the health and not just physically but emotionally too. I don't want to be sexy in shape,I want to be HEALTHY. there is a big difference...
    wherethehealingbegins wherethehealingbegins 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    But the devils will do it once they know that it's the only way to get me to stay. If they cant be fixed it's because they don't want to be or it's not your place. Just because...
    rose114 rose114 16-17, F Mar 19

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    It's so strange, all of my life I've wanted a boyfriend, and now that guys are actually talking to me, now that I have options...I just don't care. I thought to myself, "I'd rather...
    mattihope mattihope 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 19

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    I met him at 18 on the second day of college. Started dating a few weeks later, with him cheating on his long-term girlfriend. Broke up several times and got back together because...
    zkjk1112 zkjk1112 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I see a lot of people complaining about their body and I don't blame them... Everyone has a thing or two they would like to change but is it really worth the damage we give to...
    carlyistortious carlyistortious 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    Lately I've been putting my bubbly face on.. Pretending to laugh it all off.. Be all sweet about everything.. No more though.. I am losing it and I just don't know how to control...
    TearfulNights22 TearfulNights22 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I told my best friend I was raped. In 14 years he is the first person I have ever told. He thought I was making it up for attention and that he didn't really want to be the one to...
    coffeebean725 coffeebean725 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    When i was 12 i met a boy, i was with him for 2 years. He was more of a best friend as well as a boyfriend, but he cheated on me numerous amount of times and told me he didn't love...
    cautionlost cautionlost 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 31

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    Married to a passive aggressive/narcissist-I have been with my husband for twenty years, married for fifteen. I use to think there was really something wrong with me. I'm 43 years...
    tmcmjc tmcmjc 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 1

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    Tagged Again...... Thank you dear friend WindSylph. (I think) Oh what the heck, I have no secrets :) (well not anymore!) 1... My only interest in my life when I was young and...
    PhoenixM4 PhoenixM4 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    The peace I have now that I was taken away from before truly shows that these relationships hold you back from loving yourself and loving others. Self-awareness is completely gone...
    blowyamind blowyamind 22-25, F Apr 3

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    we are freshman in highschool, age 15, he's 16. at the beginning of our relationship he acted as if he didn't know me, he'd never sit with me at lunch, or ever try and spend time...
    katiebrooks005 katiebrooks005 13-15, F Apr 5

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    we are freshman in highschool, age 15, he's 16. at the beginning of our relationship he acted as if he didn't know me, he'd never sit with me at lunch, or ever try and spend time...
    katiebrooks005 katiebrooks005 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    I recently got into a very emotional relationship with a friend and it started off one-sided, with him showing a lot of interest in me. He would always compliment me and call me...
    FaintSmile FaintSmile 22-25, F a week ago

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    I'm trying to be strong, but really it's not that easy.. Yeah maybe I vent on here "too much" but if you even knew the half of what was going on with my physically & emotionally...
    laneyrn laneyrn 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    RavenHearts RavenHearts 16-17, F 6 days ago