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I Want to Be Less Emotionally Reactive

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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 emotionally react less and trust God more.
    PrayerWhisperer PrayerWhisperer 46-50, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2007

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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 beliefs... I feel pain and alot of times I know it isn't mine... I would love to talk to people that have and are dealing with this...
    dctalk4him dctalk4him 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 27, 2008

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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 noticed that people who don't react so much to things that happen are much better off.  I react and suffer for it...
    luvangels luvangels 51-55, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2008

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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 college. Suddenly, I felt my own mortality, where until my child left, life seemed more on an even keel. I am told I am...
    Mtnestmom Mtnestmom 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 23, 2012

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    Well, I'm exactly 32 months out from leaving my ex wife, which landed me on this site. Thankful for the opportunity to write out my thoughts and feelings. I went back yesterday...
    Lionsfan94 Lionsfan94 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 2

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    When my parents divorced I was sixteen... and then my father’s true colors started to show. For almost eight years, I was emotionally / mentally manipulated and abused by his...
    HayBail HayBail 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 6

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    Nyxii Nyxii 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Another rough day. I am seriously doubting my fortitude to get through the year and life in general. It seems when you are finally enjoying the ride...got some wind in your hair...
    NotSoPerfect777 NotSoPerfect777 36-40, F 2 Responses Oct 3

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    Sexual content. Not adult content. Haven't you noticed that every time you see a member protesting the ban on sexual content, they refer to it as "adult content" ? Well why is...
    1stepforward3shovesback 1stepforward3shovesback 18-21, M 4 Responses Oct 12

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    This means that if I'm ANGRY, I will lash out and you don't want to be in my way. There also seems to be no way to get it under control unless if someone does something that I...
    VainGoddess VainGoddess 22-25, F Oct 15

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    Now that I've severed all ties and regaining myself I feel great. Then some days I lay around and cry. I suppose I need to mourn the death of what was supposed to be my person...
    Jennerrous Jennerrous 36-40, F 6 Responses Oct 4

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    I think. Here's my story. When we first met, I thought he was sweet, charming and opinionated individual. He was passionate and adored me to no end. He would often call me on...
    cheersbabe cheersbabe 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 17

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    I saw an amazing question and I wanted to discuss my feelings on the subject. The question was summarily asking how many of our preferences do we have in life are based on what we...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    I just got out of an emotionally abusive relationship. I need some place to talk about it due to most people not understanding and me flipping out on them. I was with him for...
    freebird1990 freebird1990 22-25 3 Responses Oct 4

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    i feel like my body and mind have both decided to give up at the same time you know those AHH moments when you just feel like permanently retiring to your bed and imitating the...
    strangerthingsbiggerwings strangerthingsbiggerwings 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 22

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    emotionally and just detached in general. I don't feel the need to do things considered "normal" at my age. examples: College isn't that high of a priority for me, neither is...
    graveyardghosty graveyardghosty 18-21, F Oct 21

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    In my opinion, I don't think I could ever fall in love with anybody. For starters, I'm emotionally numb which means I don't feel things emotionally and that's a huge problem & I...
    superlovexcx superlovexcx 18-21, F 6 days ago

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    My mom and dad were on drugs when I was younger. Hell, she thinks that she still was being pregnant with me. He was abusive, she was a compulsive liar and still is. He left...
    calinashrebel calinashrebel 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    I need to know if other people also get like this or whether I really am just weird. I've read all the other experiences on here and they're all about mistrust in relationships...
    missradders07 missradders07 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    My ex was emotionally abusive through out our relationship. He would get angry every time I didn't do something he wanted. He would curse at me, tell me I wasn't attractive, and he...
    forevereternal9 forevereternal9 22-25, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    My house needs so much work, but I am feeling better..more grounded. I accept my marriage was abusive and I allowed someone to abuse me again through neglect and withholding...
    selfcompassion selfcompassion 51-55, F 2 Responses Oct 1

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    Still getting emotionally abused and I feel like I am allowing it by not dropping her. Is the next step that I not care what she says to me. About 17 minutes ago she pulled a "you...
    Am3917 Am3917 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Please read-I've been trying to figure out whether my father is emotionally abusive or not. So for the past several years I have been noticing very problematic things my father...
    njhbabe njhbabe 13-15 5 days ago

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    I am sure many of you have leaned a plethora of life lessons, so I am not reinventing the wheel here, but I find it more curious that some people seem to inately know how to live...
    chatty1962 chatty1962 51-55, F Oct 6

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    Just once, I want to be loved, I want to be hard to leave. I want someone staying up all night thinking only of me. guess its hard to find someone who will huh? -_-
    ItsMusethBabe ItsMusethBabe 18-21, F 8 Responses 1 hr ago

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    I can't remember a moment in my life where I felt love or happiness. I'm either sad, numb or detached from reality. I don't feel emotionally close to my family, and I'm not sure...
    sansabri sansabri 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 4

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    I am a female and I have a former friend who emotionally abused her husband. That is why she is a FORMER friend. When she told me how sorry of a excuse for a man he was, I...
    crazycatlady79 crazycatlady79 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 12

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    My grandmother has been emotionally(and sometimes physically) abusing for 7 years, but I have never told anyone. She is the kind of person no one would suspect of doing something...
    Cassandrae Cassandrae 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 16

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    I don't need anyone to understand me anymore.Only I can understand what I am going through.It's like a do or die thing now.Either I can study hard and get into best college or I...
    genuineangel genuineangel 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 19

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    This story. unlikely as it sounds, is perfectly true. As a child I did not have the opportunity to have swimming lessons, and for many years I did nothing about it. I then...
    dati dati 70+ Oct 22

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    Some of my loved ones told me that I was very distant, that they feel like I'm not really there. Well, I can't help it if I'm aloof most times,it's because I'm emotionally detached...
    superlovexcx superlovexcx 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 23

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    I've had people call me bipolar, but after taking a psychology class I now know that's not true. I can go through an emotional rollercoaster in a day and I've decided that I'm...
    lavendershade lavendershade 31-35, F 4 days ago

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    Oh yeah baby, this describes me completely. Emotionally tired. I just woke up from a nightmare a while ago, what more can I say? The nightmare was of me getting bullied in my...
    kiddishguy kiddishguy 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    I go to court tomorrow for custody of my children to be given to my ex husband's mother. The only reason is because I was homeless and could not afford proper housing. I've worked...
    enoughizenough enoughizenough 26-30, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    I certainly don't want to forget the past, and the lessons it gave...The truth is - life now is getting out fully of the dark and into the light. "When we begin to take our...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 11

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    Recently I read an article about modern relationships. The article stated, basically, that whoever cares less wins. While crudely put I think to some extent at least it is true...
    laurisilva laurisilva 31-35, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    1. I like Pop music a lot 2. I'm a cinephile 3. I have abandonment issues 4. I like sleeping with my window open 5. I like living in a peaceful serene place 6. I have a southern...
    anonymoussouthernbabe anonymoussouthernbabe 16-17, F 1 hr ago

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    If you've got nothing to do I guess I can tell you story or two And if you're quite bored ill make it three All about love, oh silly me Falling and crashing Kicking and thrashing...
    justbreath12 justbreath12 18-21, F 58 mins ago

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    I've been happy all last week which was weird because for a really long time before that I was considering suicide once again. This happens a lot- polar feelings from one week to...
    LittleBlackSubmarine LittleBlackSubmarine 16-17, M Oct 5

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    He finally contacted me this morning. It was not a closure at all. It was still a bunch of contradictions. He had the nerve to say, "_____, I know you've been going through a lot...
    NastasyaFilippovna NastasyaFilippovna 22-25, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am an immigrant. I'd like to say it doesn't define me but in reality it does. I've always been very ashamed of myself. I always tried to be invisible to the world. I felt like...
    yayami yayami 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    Something I wrote to him, although I didn't send it. Thank you. I have a lot of things to thank you for. Thank you for showing me how to love and supposedly be "loved". Thank...
    weightingforhappiness weightingforhappiness 18-21, F Oct 2

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    Something I wrote to him, although I didn't send it. Thank you. I have a lot of things to thank you for. Thank you for showing me how to love and supposedly be "loved". Thank...
    weightingforhappiness weightingforhappiness 18-21, F Oct 2

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    Something I wrote to him, although I didn't send it. Thank you. I have a lot of things to thank you for. Thank you for showing me how to love and supposedly be "loved". Thank...
    weightingforhappiness weightingforhappiness 18-21, F Oct 2

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    I was just thinking this last week has been tolerable.. Maybe I could do this .. But then I realized... Yes he's be nice and hasn't been sarcastic or made a joke at my expense..we...
    kathryn30 kathryn30 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 3

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    I don't know why but I never want a relationship because I will be cheated on. But I want someone to love and look after. And feel something with. The men are always unavailable...
    LDR8 LDR8 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 6

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    My family may have to move somewhere new and I am terrified to do so. Although I don't quite fit in where I am now, I am just starting to figure my life out. It was a painfully...
    HypoallergenicUnicorn HypoallergenicUnicorn 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 11

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