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hello

i have realized recently that, for the most part, showing my emotions is something i do not do. i do not talk to people about them, i do my best to distract myself from them, i do not relish long personal conversations during which i open up about things.

it has come to my attention that maybe this is not doing me any favors.

even posting this feels like way excessive emotional tmi.

help?

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's easy to feel self indulgent talking about emotions, but it is very healthy to talk about them

surm, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

i had this problem for a while so instead i decided to stop having emotions, id say im happier now but, y'know

plax (ico), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

does it have to do with how you perceive yourself - e.g. "i am not that type of person" - or how you think that the other person/people would perceive you?

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

as someone who kept his emotions to himself for 25 years, i can say without a doubt that being able to be open and honest about my feelings has been the single most positive change i've made in my life

letting it ALL spill and placing emotional burdens on friends is NAGL, imo, but being able to share how yr feeling and sharing common experience is something that we all need to do as human beanz

pretentious: based on the album 'what happened?' by emeralds (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol NAGL

surm, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

hello

i have realized recently that, for the most part, showing my emotions is something i do not do. i do not talk to people about them, i do my best to distract myself from them, i do not relish long personal conversations during which i open up about things.

it has come to my attention that maybe this is not doing me any favors.

even posting this feels like way excessive emotional tmi.

help?

― ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, December 28, 2010 7:06 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark

move to england

moholy-nagl (history mayne), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

hahaha otm

ENBB, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

it was only recently when someone suggested jokingly that a christmas movie was so moving that it would melt my heart of ice that i thought, wow, maybe people think that i'm cold

i just want to be a warmer person, i guess, and i want to be comfortable behaving warmly.

at the moment? not comfortable for me at all. i regretted starting this thread about 100 before you posted. it has occurred to me that moving to england would suit me, but probably not be all that great in the long run. i don't really want to be this way.

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

in fact, in my head i am not this way
outwardly though, yes i am this way

(this way = unemotional save the occasional outburst of rage)

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

how does one go about changing this

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

tell the robot

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Awww Amanda, I'm sorry. I don't really have any great advice because, to be honest, I probably have the opposite to this problem. Like, I'm not generally an emotional mess or anything but I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve and talking about my feelings to the people involved and/or close friends is something I'm comfortable with. Maybe Dave has some advice on how he managed to open up.

ENBB, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

my parents have always had a really hard time talking about their emotions and it really freaks me out, tbh. it's like .... they're pretty awkward around intimacy or feeling.

surm, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

meanwhile i like routinely cry during country songs

surm, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

when someone makes me angry I just close up shop, 'cause I know I'll be the one who ends up crying. :\

=(^ • ‿‿ • ^)= (corey), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

you post on a messageboard called I Love Music, so i'm going to assume that you have a substantial emotional connection to music like the rest of us. you have emotions, so maybe try cracking em open by exploring why you like the songs you like

one eye opening experience during my emotional 'coming out' was noticing that a slight voice cracking in kate bush's 'the coral room' was almost moving me to tears. i was just like, wtf why is something so small able to elicit such as strong emotional reaction in me? at that point i became fascinated with my emotions cuz its some powerful shit

pretentious: based on the album 'what happened?' by emeralds (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp - it's easier when something completely horrible happens that you'd be expected to have intense feelings about, like a break-up, the death of a close friend or family member

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Try being over-emotional very occasionally first, about something essentially trivial. The effect will probably be comic, and rather like Basil Fawlty, but you might find it liberating and be able to carry it over into other realms afterwards.

Warning: you will probably find expressing emotion to be very tiring/draining.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

surm - i cry during country songs too -- i cry all the time during songs! -- i just don't talk about my feelings or express them to people

yeah, i have that experience all the time wrt music
that is a good point

these are really good tips

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

for better or worse, ilx actually helped me in this regard - because for me, it was mainly "i'm not the type of person that is emotionally vulnerable" - but on a message board where most everyone doesn't know who i am, i could experiment with being a different type of person, and then it was just a matter of transferring the online to the IRL

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

last time i really got weepy was when watching the wedding scene during the muppets take manhattan
so i do not actually have a heart of ice

i just seem like i do

sarahel that is another good piece of advice, ty

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

omg wedding scene love u

surm, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

also "i hope you dance" just came on the radio, Lechera

this one always gets me

surm, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

i mean, i was sobbing
it was so beautiful

aw surm, that one gets me too

i guess maybe i just need to practice talking about these things

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

(not my crying - the muppets singing "she makes him happy" about piggy and kermie. the love in that room omg!)

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

:) :D see ur already doing it!

surm, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

always introduce yourself as a poet and then whatever you say is emotional

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

also i'd say forget the whole 'sharing emotions with others' for now, step one is accepting and being comfortable with your emotions in your own skin

pretentious: based on the album 'what happened?' by emeralds (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

i regretted posting that :-/

being repressed really sucks

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

also learn
to just type,
your posts
like
this
:

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

people really like to see u more open, i think -- holding too much back does not always come off as approachable

surm, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

but i think dave is kinda right -- like being comfortable is important, a lot of people get uncomfortable when faced with someone who seems uncomfortable or out of control

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:31 (eight years ago) Permalink

you're right about feeling comfortable inside first

every time i even start to feel a repressed emotion, i feel really taken off guard. like the other day i was walking to the produce market and listening to music and my ipod shuffle (that i usually use for running) played the bangles' version of "hazy shade of winter" and then hole's "malibu" and i felt like the world was telling me that i was falling apart. and i thought, am i falling apart? and then i was like WOW this is not what i need on the way to the goddamned grocery store. after that it played bohannon and i felt better.

i know this will be tiring. i just never...i dunno, i have never embarked on a personal emotional journey before.

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

also i have been called standoffish like i don't know how many times in my life

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

i guess a little public cry for help will be what i need in the new year. i just figured that ilx is the sort of place where there might be others who have experienced this. i can't really, um, talk to anyone about it y'know

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

i have broken down in tears at the grocery store before -- like tears of sad, though i also had a tearful Daisy Buchanan moment in the presence of the most beautiful, delicious-looking pastries that I couldn't afford

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, i've cried in public
but that's pretty easy -- i can cry to myself. it feels pretty natural and nonproblematic to me, tbh.
it's talking about what's making me cry that i don't generally do. that's also what makes me uncomfortable.

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

but sometimes it's funny - like it can be vulnerable and also funny, which makes me feel less vulnerable talking about it - like crying in the whole foods dairy aisle because Inna-gadda-da-vida came over the store P.A. - i mean, there are plenty of songs that make people cry, but "Inna-gadda-da-vida" is not known to have that effect.

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

did you talk to anyone in the grocery store during your iron butterfly moment?

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

i can also see how that might be awkward, esp in the dairy aisle

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

repressed emotions also have this nasty property of becoming amplified every time you put off 'dealing with them'.

it's like, one thing thing in general that causes me anxiety is the feeling of being 'out of control' of situations and things. thats kinda what scared me away from my emotions cuz they really dont live in the world of rationality and logic (those being my most effective tools for feeling 'in control').

so each time a repressed emotion or something would flare up, it would be more intense than the last, reinforcing my fear of emotions being something i cant be in control of and therefore fear and anxiety.

a turning point for me was realizing that by dealing with emotions as they appeared, feeling them and being with them, i was able to feel a sense of control over them and not let them get out of control in the future. the worst thing they can do to you is make you feel uncomfortable for a couple minutes/hours/days

my interpretation of emotions is that they are simply messages from our brain and it makes sense to listen to them and figure out what's causing them. i mean, when youre mad, there's probably a good reason why. when youre sad, there's probably a good reason why. etc..

apologies for rambling, this has been a huge thing in my life for the past 6months so i get excited talking about it :X

pretentious: based on the album 'what happened?' by emeralds (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

i've got a pretty similar problem. i get angry pretty good. and sad. positive emotions i have a very hard time expressing. it certainly did not help my last relationship in the least. i remember i was leaving town for a bit with my ex (gf at the time) and she was telling everyone at her work and even the animals she loved them all, going around to each and every one. i remember thinking "i don't even tell my mom that". i've only recently even been able to write it in cards etc.
it's weird and unhealthy i guess. i've no idea why i'm like this.

wow alot of xposts

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

i ran into a girlfriend of mine right after it, and told her about it -- i think i actually posted about this incident on 77.

But one thing that helped me, that maybe could be applied more generally - is framing the vulnerability in a comfortable way - that is more consistent with how you perceive yourself or the way you tend to relate to people. Like, the post upthread that suggested talking about emotional responses to music. I framed the experience as a "funny story" because me and my friends regularly tell each other "funny stories". Or, if you are the type of person that is really into science, it can be presented/framed in that way -- like emotions are neurological messages from the brain, etc.

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

Amanda, i identify with this to an uncomfortable degree, but i just wanted to say, you don't come off as a cold person at all! you come off as really warm and caring! imo other people perceiving you as cold should not be what you're concerned about; you should just be concerned about the degree to which not talking about this stuff is making your life difficult. <3 okay now i will finish reading the thread.

horseshoe, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

aw thanks

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 20:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

to ddave - don't apologize -- i appreciate knowing these things and the fact that you shared them

i once wrote an emotionally effusive letter to shirley collins and sort of regretted it because i was afraid of being a crazed superfan. she wrote back and said thank you for your letter -- she was genuinely glad to receive a handwritten letter and she sent me a picture of the area where she lives and everything (not her house, but the area). reading that letter from her was among my top 5 personal moments. how nice of her, and how wonderful it felt to have someone (someone like her!) respond positively to an outburst of emotion from me, of all people.

maybe i should fall back on this positive experience when i clam up -- does this seem like a good idea? to try to conjure positive experiences and stop being so scared by the negative ones (of which there are many)?

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 20:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

that's an excellent idea, and an awesome story!

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 20:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

not to babble about myself too much, but i have noticed that i do communicate positive emotions toward people, i just tend to do it through acts of service or help to others. i show people that i care about them by cooking for them, by always having the thing they need in my purse, etc.

ergonomically chromium plated fish slice (La Lechera), Tuesday, 28 December 2010 20:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

are you a Virgo?

sarahel, Tuesday, 28 December 2010 20:22 (eight years ago) Permalink

so glad to not be going anywhere for holidays (force me to make solid plans jenny!)

Hmmmm what did you have in mind? How about Christkindlmarket then ice skating in Millennium Park? (I might just watch you skate.)

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^^jealous

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh man - Chicago has a Christkindlmarket???

Juggy Brottleteen (ENBB), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

jenny, we can take this off thread! i would love to go ice skating, though!!!!

what has been helping me lately with that is running.
oooootttttmmmm
it's like boom boom boom boom step step step step trampling on the bad feelings

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol POLITICS is the like the last thing i want to talk about instead of my personal life with family xp

God yes. My parents are Tea Partiers/53%ers so there is no "discussing" politics. Just right wing talking points shouted at high volume and me getting drunk in self defense.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

my grandfather (RIP) was a politician for 13 years; politics was inescapable.

sarahel, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

i have a lot to say about that ^^ topic but it's not really appropriate to talk about on public forum

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

not to be all cryptic or w/e -- sorry

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

i have one aunt who is a recent Glenn Beck convert, an uncle who's a lawyer, and another aunt who is a fervent Kucinich/Green Party supporter. it can be quite lively.

sarahel, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh and 97% of my extended family are racists. So yeah fun times. I'll talk about my personal life all ding dong day.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

How do you convert to following Glen Beck? Concussion?

mh, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Struck by lightning iirc

It means why you gotta be a montague? (Laurel), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

a career in hospital administration?

i really have no idea. i'm just glad she's not my mom.

sarahel, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

though the thanksgiving they argued about "Obamacare," i was at the other table with my cousins talking about our miserable break ups, so ...

sarahel, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

pearls of wisdom from the thanksgiving dinner table

mookieproof, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

everyone should come to chicago for the holidays and we will all go ice skating together
no one will insult you or your lifestyle
no one will talk to you about glenn beck

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

also: no one will ask you when you are getting a real job

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 20:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

sounds tempting!

sarahel, Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

I will take you for the best Polish borscht ever.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm sorry. I can't shut up about this fucking soup.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've never had borscht! Liquid beets didn't really appeal--is is THAT good even if you don't love beets as much as LL does?

It means why you gotta be a montague? (Laurel), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

This is a topic I can really hold forth on. YES IT IS THAT GOOD.

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

There are different kinds of borscht. Polish borscht is a clear broth and I think this one was beef based (though Wikipedia says it is often vegetarian). I don't like chunkier Russian borscht and cold borscht can kiss my butt. I do not like beets very much at all, much less to the extent of our beet-loving LL.

They're coming to get you, (Jenny), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

See I could talk emotionally about how much I love beets for a really really long time. Those are the most welcome feelings, the feelings of love for things I love.

the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ahhh okay! A beef-based soup is exactly what Laurel's doctor would have ordered if he knew I was asking! I will drink all this Polish beef borscht with you.

It means why you gotta be a montague? (Laurel), Wednesday, 16 November 2011 21:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

See I could talk emotionally about how much I love beets for a really really long time. Those are the most welcome feelings, the feelings of love for things I love.

― the MMMM cult (La Lechera), Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:28 PM (6 hours ago) Bookmark

<3 <3 <3

horseshoe, Thursday, 17 November 2011 04:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

also bell that is horrible, your mother going through your stuff. as far as where she is getting the stuff she said to you about finding a man, she's probably projecting and has boundary issues and it really has nothing to do with you as a person.

horseshoe, Thursday, 17 November 2011 04:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

THE MOST REASSURING THREAD IN THE WORLD

for the ironically self-negating reasons that make posting itt hard if you relate to its premise, i do not totally wanna get into this, but just i hope you're good LL i am so feeling every post of yrs above.

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 18:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

I hear you, and without asking for details, I get it. In fact, I wanted to revive this thread and resisted because I didn't want to be the one to do it. :)

La Lechera, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 18:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

yes.

i just figured that ilx is the sort of place where there might be others who have experienced this. i can't really, um, talk to anyone about it y'know

i mean i think there is some kind of emotional release going on in the act of searching ilx for EMOTIONAL, ha ha. i hadn't read this all before. i think we are sorta in the same ballpark, i am not a big fan of the posterity of oversharing on ilx, but webmail if you ever want emotionally uptight high-fives.

idk if you were theoretically gonna bump this thread with more progress updates on your social & emotional blossoming, but i hope it's all good or working out for you at the moment. i always think of that moment in annie hall when woody allen sleeps w/diane keaton & lays back and says well, there goes another novel, like there are potentially pluses to an unexorcised backlogue of feelings, so either way can work.

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 18:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

apparently there was a point when i wanted to note progress, but really i no longer have any interest in discussing my progress or providing updates to my emotional state.
it remains a horrifying idea to even consider tbh.

the difference is that i no longer care. i think mookieproof suggested that maybe it's ok to not want to be an open book. that's what i'm going with atm.

La Lechera, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 18:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

yes, for real. & it is generally bad to spend too much time trying to fit a square thing into a triangle shape, you sometimes just have to go w/the way things are. there are safeties to not telling people stuff, anyway, so even if it isn't perfect it can be a lot less discomforting, & a lot more autonomous, than having to be sensitive to some of the things that can be raised w/oversharing, etc.

quick brown fox triangle (schlump), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

even the concept of oversharing is extremely subjective

La Lechera, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Did someone call my middle name?

I have a paranoid daughter and a son who is addicted to internet (Laurel), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hi, guys!

I have a paranoid daughter and a son who is addicted to internet (Laurel), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

hugs for all my emotional friends

As a man with no real handle on his emotions, I have no idea what it meant, but I was about to go to bed a couple weeks ago and paused in reading a book to pet my cat a little and something came over me and I had tears in my eyes and I gave him a big hug.

kind of lack of information, but sometimes even in tmi world we don't know how to express where these come from

mh, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

hugs for all my emotional friends
A chaste swift pat on the back for the rest of us ;)

La Lechera, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

we're all emotional, just in different ways

mh, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

I had a awful childhood, routinely beaten and molested well into my teens, which I dealt with by instinctively shutting down my emotions so I couldn't feel any pain. It worked in that sense, but I also lost with it the ability to feel love or affection. Couldn't really feel much of anything actually. Was just sort of there, floating aimlessly through life.

Spent years in support groups and counseling trying to work my way out of the abyss i'd been thrown into against my will, worked so hard to try and carve out a decent life from the hand I'd been dealt, and came thisclose to a breakthrough. I did about 80% of what I needed to do, but the 20% I didn't do prevented the other 80% from working, and now i've slipped further behind then i was when i started out. I wish I could get my emotions back, but they won't come.

everything else is secondary (Lee626), Thursday, 26 January 2012 17:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

that is a lot of information -- i think we may have opposite problems?

La Lechera, Friday, 27 January 2012 20:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

also i am sorry you have been through a lot of horrible experiences
i hope you have continued to work through whatever you need to work through

La Lechera, Friday, 27 January 2012 20:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wow, I'm really sorry dude. Didn't have things even close to that bad, but had a similar thing with shutting down emotions... my feelings are really intense, so bad stuff is magnified.

What helped me was going back to past experiences and feeling those emotions again ... you recapture yourself from those moments. It wasn't pleasant, but it was necessary. If you shut down one emotion you shut 'em all off.

Not sure if you've tried that, but it helped me ... but I can't imagine the kind-of pain you'd have to relive by doing that. It seriously was the only thing that helped, no therapist or other person could ever do that for me, and it takes courage to put yourself through it.

Spectrum, Friday, 27 January 2012 20:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

In order to go back to past experiences, you have to be able to remember them. I uaually can't. There's a good reason for that - just the thought of trying to remember them is beyond scary. It would destroy what little is left of me.

Lee626, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 11:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh man i remember NOTHJING before 5. My father was an alcoholic. My first real memory is of my mom throwing my brother and I in the car at 3am and never going back home. Recently I made the mistake of casually asking my brother if those years had been really bad. His answer was a short 'Yes.' but his tone implied so much more and my whole body felt like it iced over. I know I'll never be asking anything about those days again.

Analyzing metrics on my cheapness and whorishness (sunny successor), Saturday, 11 February 2012 14:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

apparently there was a point when i wanted to note progress, but really i no longer have any interest in discussing my progress or providing updates to my emotional state.
it remains a horrifying idea to even consider tbh.

the difference is that i no longer care. i think mookieproof suggested that maybe it's ok to not want to be an open book. that's what i'm going with atm.

― La Lechera, Tuesday, January 24, 2012 12:59 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark

I just got a strong wave of this feeling again and noticed the date on this post -- maybe I'm just tired of emoting after the holidays?

mambo jumbo (La Lechera), Friday, 17 January 2014 20:35 (five years ago) Permalink

this thread is like endorphins to me

mustread guy (schlump), Friday, 17 January 2014 20:59 (five years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

hate to bump this thread but re: emotional regulation
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/11/the-science-of-laughing-through-the-tears/382824/

i give up (La Lechera), Monday, 17 November 2014 17:08 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

got to corpse pose today and just started bawling in the middle of the class. it's happened a few times before; generally some ichor that needs an outlet. kinda embarrassing but I figure if it gets to that point idgaf.

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Friday, 16 September 2016 17:00 (two years ago) Permalink

ugh it's like springing a leak! but better than exploding.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 16 September 2016 18:57 (two years ago) Permalink

yep

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Saturday, 17 September 2016 05:34 (two years ago) Permalink


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