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The Desire to Purge: The Costs of Being an Introvert and Super-Feeler

Over my holiday, I had so many wonderful days. I think as you saw in my posts during Christmas week,  especially this one, I embraced allowing myself to feel that full hearted, wonderful feeling of focusing on what is important – spending time with family, relaxing at home and listening to the quiet. That day, in particular, was oh so wonderful. 

And thennnnn…… the next day happened. 

I had something very interesting happen to me at the end of my time at home. It was really hard, but it ended up teaching me a lot about myself. If you’ll indulge me I’d like to tell you about it. 

I went out to lunch with an old friend from high school. We often get lunch or tea each time we are in the same city, so it wasn’t an oddity that she said we should do so when we were both home. It was Dec. 28th, so both our holidays were coming to a quick close. At 11am she texted me to say, “lunch at 1:00?” I was paper deep in script work and was beginning to feel anxious about not having gotten the amount of work done as I thought I should have. I’m also not one that is comfortable with last minute plans. 1) As you know, I like my schedule and my space and anything asked of me last minute is more or less likely “messing” with the plan I had already made for myself – even if that plan largely includes lying on the couch with myself.  2) I tend to need a bit of extra planning or time before having a social meet up. I’m not exactly sure why… I just do.  

Costs of being a super-feeler

 

But… I felt guilty. And I felt pressured. I knew if I didn’t say yes I wouldn’t be seeing her like I said I would. We aren’t super best friends or anything, so as mean as this sounds – that thought wasn’t heart breaking to me – but still, I said we’d get together so I’d feel like guilty poop if I went back on my word. 

So I said yes. 

We met for lunch and our conversation soon took on a very strange, tense energy.  This woman, just to give you some perspective, is the most hard-on-herself, driven and high-achieving person I’ve ever known (I was in competition with her for grades from grade 5 to 12…so I know).  She told me about this huge, and I mean HUGE, thing she had been in the running for, but then didn’t win. She was obviously very angry about this. In my effort help make her feel better – to be empathetic and encouraging – I made some comment along the lines of, “well it’s not like we are talking about a small town trophy here, this is massive to have even got that far!” She responded with extreme defense, saying “that’s exactly why I should be angry. It is massive. ” 

To dig myself deeper, I “screwed up” again when I was trying to compliment her for her bravery, and – long story short –  found myself apologizing for saying what I had said. 

It was hugely uncomfortable and left this energy between us that felt, to me, like a wrench in my stomach. 

 

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I left this lunch and immediately just felt disgustingly awful. I was exhausted. I went and got a coffee and sat in my car in a KFC parking lot for 20 minutes simply because I didn’t know what to do with myself. My mind wanted to go to the gym… I knew that would take away these feelings… but I was seriously too exhausted to even want to move. 

So I went home and continued to feel this awful sense of lethargy and crawling anxiousness for the entire night. Nothing would make it go away. It felt like every little thing that came up was piling ontop of eachother, making the world feel completely and utterly overwhelming. Every little sound… anytime someone spoke… all just felt like too. much. noise.

 

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The next morning I felt just as awful, if not worse. I tried to meditate the feelings away, but these waves of tears and pure anxiety kept bubbling up into my throat. I would start to get angry at absolutely nothing. You know that feeling? I kept pushing it down, until I completely broke down in tears in the middle of my kitchen while trying to – with shaking hands – make my breakfast. 

My Dad was able to get me talking and I soon was able to “mind dump” my way through this mess of feelings that I couldn’t even fully articulate. My mind dump took me back to how I was feeling before the lunch – already a bit anxious, guilty, angry at the fact that someone would ask me to lunch so last minute, and pressured. I did not really want to go to lunch in the first place. I wasn’t really feeling up to socializing. But then I went, felt the need to make happy conversation so that my friend would enjoy her time,  felt guilty for saying these “wrong” things, and had my friends’ uncomfortable energies seep into me like hot sticky air.  

 

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I’m sorry if this sounds melodramatic, but sometimes I feel like I have this super power where I take on the energies of those around me.  It’s like whatever the person is feeling gets sucked over onto me and I end up feeling them just as powerfully as they do. My friend was feeling angry and extremely hard on herself. Following our lunch, I, too, felt angry and hard on myself. My urges and guilt SKY ROCKETED. The day before, I felt compassionate with all I was eating (hello all the chocolate), and suddenly that day everything felt STUPID. I hated the fact that I had just eaten lunch at 2.  I hated the fact that I was too tired to go to the gym. I hated the fact that I would be going home for dinner at a time not controlled by me. Food just felt so awful.  On the outside I remained quiet and fought to remain gentle with others, but on the inside I was crawling and vowed to just be “better” the next day.  It was the only thought I could find to make myself feel better.  

 

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I had a long talk with my parents and through it,  many thing became clear to me. It became clear that a) I know I am an introvert and that social situations take a lot out of me.  I wish it wasn’t so but I need to know this about myself.  I need that extra time before hand in order to feel grounded and prepared. I always feel this pressure to make conversation and ensure the other person feels comfortable, when really, I’d be protecting myself more by saying only as much as I truly want. It also became clear that b) this weird thing I have with taking on other people’s energies has a very clear connection with my urges to purge. I take on all these energies, and of course all I want to do is find a way to get them out of me. 

It literally feels like all these things are crawling over me and I have no idea how to get them off. 

Hence the desire to go to the gym the next morning. Hence the desire to eat as little as possible. Anything that will make me feel cleansed and emptied. 

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Its a double wammy being both a super feeling and an introvert. Though actually, according to Susan Coin’s book, Quiet,  “70% of introverts have a heightened sensitivity, and the other 30% tend to report needing a lot of “down time”….so the two are naturally found together. We really have to learn how to protect ourselves. We really have to learn our boundaries, our triggers, and learn how to prepare ourselves before situations that we know will be exhausting for us. Simply going out to a party with friends may involve more mental preparation before hand, and then even more time to recharge in compassionate solitude after. 

Its all doable. It just takes a lot of learning about ourselves. 

Unfortunately, this situation tried to strengthen my belief that “I’m safer off alone,” but I’m trying not to let that thought take over. Yes, some social gatherings we introverts push ourselves into do not end up well. And yes large crowds and lots of stimulus can feel overwhelming to highly sensitive people. But… some do turn out okay. Some actually remind us how important connection is to our wellbeing. That’s just the risk we take. 

My mother gave me this image of zippering up something imaginary (like a dress bag) around you, before you go out to have that “lunch with a friend,”or whatever it may be.  This zipper becomes the boundary between you and the other person. Whatever is said or felt, their energies remain on their side, and yours remain on yours. When the meeting is done, you can gently unzip yourself, step out, and remember that what is yours is still yours and what was theirs is theirs. 

 

Costs of being a super-feeler

 

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Tell me,

Do you ever feel affected by another person’s energy or mood? 

Do you find you have to prepare in advance for a social situation, or that you need to recharge in solitude afterwards?

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I wrote my first post on being a super-feeler here and continue to do my own reading on the subject (as well as its connection with introverts and the different forms of introversion). If you are interested, here are a few more resources with anecdotes that spoke to me recently. 

 

“Asking, “Whose anxiety is it, anyway,” can help you put a space bubble around yourself so you can objectively identify how you really feel and think. Intense anxiety and the highly sensitive person may be partners, but you can step between them to reduce that overwhelmed sensation.” Intense Anxiety and The Highly Sensitive Person

“Empaths desperately need to decompress from the world around them, and may disappear for hours at a time in their room. Know that they simply need time to process their environment and recharge after going out in society, and that they don’t want to hurt you. They are not retreating or avoiding you, but rather, protecting their precious energy stores. They get their energy from spending time alone, so make sure to give this gift to your highly sensitive lover.” …If You Love a Highly Sensitive Person

Susan Cain’s The Quiet Revolution and Ted TALK on “The Power of Introverts”

“You get tired easily. Because you tend to take on the emotions of others, when you are around other people for extended periods of time, you often feel drained. Likewise at the end of the day, you’re pooped.

You often feel like you need to withdraw and be alone for some time to get relief from the stimulation of the world.

When you have too much to do it makes you feel rattled and overwhelmed. At least once per week you feel frazzled. You feel like everything around you is just too much especially if you have to multi-task or when others are relying on you.

You know how to help others feel more comfortable. 

You are easily irritated or annoyed. Because there is so much going on within you, even the slightest things can throw you off balance and cause you to feel irritated or annoyed.” All found in You’re Not a Mess, You’re Just a Highly Sensitive Person

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 5th Jan 17

    Cora, you are one of the most caring and compassionate and sensitive (and I mean that in the true meaning of the word, rather than the socially-attached meanings) people that I have ever met. That is just a part of what makes you beautiful, but it also puts you in danger. I wish I could step in and shield you from those moments!
    You and my mom are both superfeelers, but in different ways. You and my brother are introverts, in the truest definition of the word.
    So you are family to me.
    I don’t have much to say, other than to remind you that you are family, and I am sending you a giant hug, from a sister.
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      Thanks, Suz. I know you understand this – even if you and your family feel these things in different ways. Sister hug right back at you.

  2. Jamie@TheMomGene | 5th Jan 17

    Social situations often require “gearing up” for me. My kids take so much out of me that I forget how/don’t care how to talk to another human. Kids can be shields too…little boundaries that set you apart (significant others can do this also). But I’ve noticed this can be a bad thing if you hide behind them and avoid letting “you” come out . I’ve made an effort to be more social and I (usually) feel much better after BUT just like you I’m a feeler and everyone’s feelings rub off on me. It’s hard to honor my feelings and not go there. I think the best thing you did in this situation is talk to your dad the next day. I always feel better after I get it out.
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      That is very interesting about the connection with having children… I never really thought about it but of course, I’m sure it is something a lot of parents feel or fall into. And very admirable that you are aware of this in yourself.
      Yes – I didn’t say it in my post – but opening up and talking about my feelings was what saved me. It truly was the “purge” I needed, and if I hadn’t talked it out, I would have looked to cover it up or hide it in more unhealthy ways.

  3. Kat | 5th Jan 17

    I seriously think that you and I are the same person sometimes. We literally share a brain wave length. I myself can identify with much of what you are sharing here. Kudos to you for at least TRYING though. I most likely wouldn’t have even accepted the offer for lunch because it would have messed up my pre-determined schedule too much. One of the big reasons why I wanted to move out of LA was to get away from friends and family members who used me as their doormat. Issues that belonged to THEM somehow always became my issues as well – and then I became the bad guy and the one to blame in the end. It was just TOXIC and I was mentally abused in literally every one of those relationships. All this to say, Im glad you were able to share it with your parents and kind of figure out the root cause and move forward from it. Things like this may feel like a derailment at the time, but just look at what you’ve been able to walk away from it with <3
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      <3 to you my soul sister.
      Its really good that you can distance yourself from these past experiences and see what was happening. I totally hear you on "becoming the bad guy." Its such a tough no-win feeling. I'm also glad you were able to distance yourself from these toxic people, and I hope that now moving forward with new relationships you have been able to take this awareness and not let their issues become yours. 'Cause you are too special to share.

  4. Emily Swanson | 5th Jan 17

    Cora, I totally think that the Lord prepared me to read and understand more about you, because I have several siblings who are introverts too; and I used to be really insensitive to their need for quiet and alone time, but I think I’ve really been able to understand them more this year, by God’s work in me. You need quiet and down time, alone time. You need to find the right people who can understand you, and help you. <3

    And the funny thing is that I've become more of an introvert since about 19. I love quiet now. I love just thinking and praying and it actually kind of prepares me for social situations. <3 We have to refuel and refill for those times.
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      People who aren’t even necessarily introverts but UNDERSTAND the needs of those who are, are so so special, Emily. We need you people. We just need to be understood and accepted for our sensitivies and needs. That being said I think almost all of us have introverted tendencies, and I’m glad you’ve been sinking in the part of your that does need solitude. Thank you for being understanding toward your siblings, and me. Its the best give you can give <3

  5. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 5th Jan 17

    I certainly don’t think these feelings are anything to be ashamed of. This is you being honest and truthful with yourself. As a fellow introvert, I understand the need to have time to recharge and wanting things planned out. While I also sometimes like the spontaneity of a situation (ironically), most of the time, I like to plan my own schedule. Being around people who exert so much pressure and anxiety can also affect me too as well. It makes us question if we are enough, or we are doing enough. But I have to remind myself not to think that way because each person is on his/her own individual journey.
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      The thing that is so important for everyone to understand is that introversion comes in many different forms. It is not just the stereotypical “shy” person any more. You can enjoy spontaneity, as you do, but still feel you need your own space to recharge. Or like me – I can act and talk comfortably in front of groups of people, but need to be alone afterwards. And yes, I think this is what was happening here. Without wanting to, I began subconsciously questioning if I was enough or being hard enough only myself. Thank you for sharing your experiences and what you are learning about yourself <3

  6. Ellie Pell | 5th Jan 17

    I feel for you Cora, you were the brave one to go out on a limb and have lunch with what it seems was your competition in HS, and who obviously hasn’t worked out those issues. I am what is characterized as a “social-introvert” where I am happy and talkative in social settings, but need my down time to recharge and actually prefer to be alone. I love that quote about being busy in terms of self care. That is really important!
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      Yes yes. The thing that is so important for everyone to understand is that introversion comes in many different forms. I think “ambivert” is also a form for when the two sides sort of get mixed together. Introversion is not just the stereotypical “shy” person any more. You can totally be talkative and seemingly free in social settings, but then you need to recharge by having time alone. As for me – I can act and talk comfortably in front of large groups of people, but need to be alone afterwards and before. We can’t judge anyone by what we just see on the outside.

  7. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 5th Jan 17

    I feel the exact same way!!!!! I can not handle last minute plans and I need that extra time! So glad I’m not alone in this. I hope someday we can meet in person–we are soul sisters. <3 Glad to hear you were able to work through it–I know its challenging!
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      I would love to go out for a coffee with you one day <3. It helps when you know you have a soul sister who understands.

  8. Casey the College Celiac | 5th Jan 17

    Girl, I feel you on so many levels. Even though I * usually * have fun when going out with friends, I need to know waaaaay ahead of time so I can mentally (and physically) prepare myself for it. And I’ve always been a very empathetic person – too much so at times – and so I’ve had to really work these last few years to try and not let others emotions affect me too much. Easier said than done…but it’s all about trying to put ourselves first. Just know you aren’t alone!
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      Definitely sounds like you know exactly what I’m talking about. Learning to put that barrier between you and others’ feelings is a tough one that takes a lot of patience and compassion. It can feel hard for us to “put ourselves first,” but yes… this is precisely what we need to do.

  9. Kristy from Southern In Law | 6th Jan 17

    I’m a really empathetic person so I tend to be affected by other’s moods a lot too. If someone is down and depressed, I find myself there too because I’m feeling down and depressed that they’re down and depressed. If someone is happy, I’m happy. If someone is hurting, I’m hurting for them.

    I have learnt, though, that I need to be careful. I have to take care of myself so I can take care of them. So now I kind of take an emotional step back. I hurt for them and I’m sad for them – but I don’t let myself take on those emotions.

    And as for social situations, I’m usually pretty good at doing things on a whim – but sometimes it’s a bit hard to do as I often have to make sure I have food packed to take with me etc and if I’m going out on a whim I never know how long I’ll be.
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      “I take care of myself so I can take care of them”….. this is absolutely right. Its ironic how trying to take care of others can actually back fire on us if we end up hurting ourselves in the process. It really sounds like you’ve learned how to distance yourself…. that’s hard work.

  10. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday | 6th Jan 17

    Oh my… this is me, but described way better than I ever could. I so want to meet you someday; sounds like we’d get along great. I totally have to psych myself up for social things, even when I really like the people I’ll be with and even though I usually have fun. I also have to brain dump on my family members a lot. People come tell me their problems and I feel them so deeply that I have to tell someone else as if they were my own. And sending you hugs. It’s hard, but I’ve learned that it’s pretty valuable when people feel things so deeply.

    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      Sounds like we are two peas in a pod, my dear. You said it – I usually know I will feel better after I go to a social gathering, especially if its with people I know and love, but even then I have to seemingly “psych” myself up for it…. which makes me feel guilty, because I feel I “shouldn’t have to do this when they are my close friends.”
      I think brain dumping and talking out our feelings is so so so crucial. Keeping those things inside will be absolutely toxic. Talking out this day really saved me. Thank you for your sharing <3

  11. Miss Polkadot | 7th Jan 17

    This is a really hard to comment on post for me not because I couldn’t understand and relate but because I can so very well. I’m glad you decided to share this with us and – while incredibly hard to get through – came out of this situation stronger/knowing about yourself better in the aftermath. That sounds a little weird but I hope you know what I mean.
    Like I said above I can relate. As an introvert myself I find certain situations/people extremely draining and often want to please others even at the expense of my own (mental, sometimes physical) wellbeing.
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      I do know exactly what you mean, and I know you understand this all too well. I wish you didn’t…. however your empathy and desire to help others is an amazingly beautiful quality you have. I just hope you do not let those desires hurt you in the process and learn to let others care for YOU too. <3

  12. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 7th Jan 17

    Can I borrow the phrase “guilty poop”? I think need that phrase in my life to describe a certain somebody. Might or might not be me.
    This is actually my second time reading through this. I wasn’t quite sure what to say the first time, except that being a super feeler sounds really, really hard. And exhausting. So that’s what I’m going to write–this sounds really, really hard. But also, I think it sounds really useful that you’ve identified that around yourself and found this useful phrase that describes you and other people like you, plus all these awesome books and resources. Sometimes just knowing that it’s something that other people in the world share can be a huge help. And it sounds like your parents were super-supportive, too.
    <3 Get yourself some of that great energy re-charging alone time, and thanks for sharing such honest thoughts with us.
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    • Cora | 7th Jan 17

      Please take guilty poop. I mean – I do not wish any guilt upon you, but if you do feel it, embrace its pure poopyness.
      Yeah… this was a heavy one and I’m not even sure I can wade through it in one go. But yes, mostly it is all very exhausting. Its exhausting feeling so many crazy things that you can’t always name or know why you are feeling them. But I am getting better at knowing their sources and I think I’m slowly learning how to manage them so they aren’t as exhausting. Talking it out is a must, even though its embarrassing.

  13. Kaylee | 8th Jan 17

    First of all, love that book! It gave me a better perspective on me and what it means to be an introvert.

    I think my brain needs to mentally and emotionally prepare itself for socialization so I need to know in advance of any plans. Spontaneity is not my thing. That’s likely also why I avoid people when I accidentally see acquaintances in public. I don’t like being caught off guard socially.

    I’m also one to not reach out because “I’m safer alone.” But don’t let this one hold you back from true connections and future social encounters. Definitely easier said than done. Being alone is a delicate balance of isolating oneself and energizing oneself if that makes any sense.
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    • Cora | 9th Jan 17

      Oh man your last lines says it all. Its a really difficult balance to try and find and requires a lot of honest questioning. I’m still figuring out the whens and whys of when I want to be alone… whether it is for true self care, or whether it is out of isolation.
      And I sooo hear you on the meeting acquaintances in public thing. I’m able to put on the cheery face and make conversation, but chances are I’d prefer to pretend I didn’t see them….. horrible. But true.

  14. chasetheredgrape | 8th Jan 17

    Ok I defintiely have to ‘prepare’ myself for social situations. Heck I don’t even like answering a phone call when I haven’t prepared what I will say in the conversation. It tends to make me back off entering into conversations or situations… I think because I feel I will be judged or I will say the wrong thing.
    I have gotten so much better at this though, it all came about from realising that anyone who judges me for what I have to say isn’t worth my time. But just because there is a risk they may do this doesn’t mean it isn’t worth tryingto talk and socialise. I have also started to ask questions rather than respond with comments or opinions and it works so well. I tend to feel like I don’t ever say the wrong thing anymore.
    I love your mums concept of the zip. You did the best thing by talking to your parents and realising everything inside by having this conversation. 🙂
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    • Cora | 9th Jan 17

      True this. Judgments from others are just not worth our energy… especially if we stand by what we are doing or saying. I understand this fear though. I think it silences a lot of people. Knowing this now about you, how brave it is for you to be doing a podcast! I hope you feel this is a new, safe zone where you feel that you can speak without fearing judgement.
      Respnding with questions is a wonderful way to work this out! No doubt this has come into play with your job as a health coach. I remember you saying before that you like to continue asking “why” with your clients. I love this.

  15. Stephanie Leduc | 9th Jan 17

    Man, that must have been so tough on you. As someone who lacks all sense of empathy in every domain of life, I find it amazing that you can feel so much, yet as another commenter wrote, it definitely puts you in vulnerable situations. I wish I could be as caring as you are, it is truly a blessing although it does come with it’s own problems! You will come to learn how to apply the “zipper” analogy in the future, I am sure!
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    • Cora | 9th Jan 17

      I find this very interesting to hear you say you lack empathy…. because look at what you just told me!! Maybe you cannot know exactly what someone is feeling, but your care for them is exactly the empathy that is needed. THANK YOU for, even if you don’t have the same hyper sensitivity, understanding and listening to what I went through without judgement. This is going to make you the most wonderful dietician.

  16. Abigail T | 10th Jan 17

    Been reading your blog for a little while. Thanks for your honesty! I can totally relate to being mentally drained after an event.

  17. Cindy | 10th Jan 17

    Thank you for sharing this and for making such a great infographic. I saved it to my desktop and will use it as inspiration 🙂

  18. Baker | 10th Jan 17

    It is a good thing when someone realizes these things about him/her. Thanks for sharing your story. – Zomick’s
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  19. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 10th Jan 17

    The amazing part about this experience is you were able to talk to your parents about it the next day AND you learned a lot from it. I think it’s especially important to realize your triggers and set boundaries. I too hate last minute plans or changes to plans, although the tiny human is certainly making me more adaptable there. Baby steps (pun intended) for both of us.
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  20. Christina | 8th Mar 17

    Your experience resonates for me deeply. I celebrate my 7th year in recovery on friday and have not been feeling entirely emotionally sober which is what I think is another angle on the topic. I am guessing that emotional sobriety overlaps with the introvert/empath situation. I have always felt this way- preparing for being with people or where there will be alot of ‘action’. I actually just finally quit my job because of the extrovert nature of it and how it completely wiped me out. I feel heavy from certain people. I also find the opposite with some people who have reached some degree of happy joyous and free. It is tough in this political climate and the level of greed, ego, and hatred. Yes- zip up that body bag(I call mine the white light envelope with a love letter inside it-just made up the love letter part- going to keep it) and go out into the world. I love that it has taken me 47 years to figure out that I am who I am and to take steps to take care of me, for me. Thanks for sharing your story. You are not alone.

    • Cora | 8th Mar 17

      Christina – Thank you so much for this. For sharing your personal journey and experience, and reminding me that I am not alone. I sure sometimes feel like my sensitivities are just “my fault” and that I shouldn’t be this way. Congratulations on seven years, and congratulations on quitting a job that was not best for you!! That is BRAVE and courageous and fierce – to take your happiness and health as priority and to have learned this much about yourself and the surroundings you need to flourish at your fullest. I will take this as complete inspiration. I love your image of the envelope with the love letter. It’s beautiful.

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