Meg aka Aunt Sharpie (singingnymph) wrote in empathy_sucks,
Meg aka Aunt Sharpie


It seems like when I'm in a situation where people are ill/in pain, or flipping out & I'm somewhat prepared for it (or I know it'll last a while), I can remind myself that "What's theirs is theirs, what's mine is mine." It tends to help me create a mental/emotional shield, so that I don't get caught up in their drama. It might take a few minutes, but works fairly well.

I have a problem with these new OnStar commercials, though, where you hear someone flipping out cos of an accident, or sommat. Even though I try to tune out commercials, I still find myself feeling a little off during them & for a minute or 2 afterward. They aren't really long enough to shield myself from & I can't always change the station. There's usually a little "The following is an actual conversation between an OnStar customer & representative," blurb, which gives me time to change stations when I'm in the car, but I can't really do that at work.

I also can't stand on-screen pain. Fake it may be, it still makes me uncomfortable. And jokes that involve dad told me a stupid joke about how a pirate lost his eye (I'll spare you the joke) & it bothered me more than it should have.

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