Post # 1
So, as I sit working looking at Pinterest, I stumbled upon the “21 Pictures That Will Restore your Faith in Humanity”
And then I cried.
For as long as I can remember, I knew I “felt” differently than other people. I can’t watch any movies/shows that trigger strong emotions. For instance, if we’re watching a horror movie, I am not “fun scared”. I’m like shaking/heart pounding/sad for the person getting hurt/will have nightmares for days. Or if I watch a romance, I cry like a bitch. I watched the X Factor last night and cried…three times just because I channeled their emotions.
It’s bittersweet. At times I hate being an open book of emotions but other times I love how easy I can pick up on people.
Anyone else like this?
Post # 3
I’m weird, I’m very empathetic, but at the same time I’m not very sympathic or sensitive.
Post # 4
@Aicyla22: That’s interesting. Can you give me an example?
Post # 5
The dumbest things EVER make me cry. For instance the olympics is a weep fest for me, makeover shows, just anything touching sets me off.
But I am a VERY realistic person, so when someone creates a problem for themselves I have no empathy for them. For instance if a friend has a boyfried and they suck, I’m not the friend you want to come complain about him with because I’ll tell it like it is, I’m not sympathic or senstive in that regard. Does that make sense?
Post # 6
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@sweetdee522: One can empathize with, say, Casey Anthony because losing a child and going through a trial is very difficult, but most would not sympathize because most think it is her own fault and she deserves it.
ETA: you could only truly emphatize if you have shared in the experience before… so if you’ve thought you lost of child (or did lose one), etc.
Thus, you cannot really emphatize with the victim in a horror movie; it’s unlikely you yourself have ever been hunted down by a deranged, masked killer or mutant human cave dwelling flesh eaters.
Post # 7
I’m pretty empathetic in real life – like when someone around me cries, I usually cry. I don’t get too worked up over stuff on the internet though.
Post # 8
Oh jeez, I got teary-eyed too. Pictures of loving reunions between an owner and a rescued animal will do that to me. There was some test I took online once where you look at pictures of people’s eyes and try to guess their emotion. And I thought it was ridiculously easy, like to the point of being a joke! But when my FI and a couple other people took it they were like…wow this is hard. I’m like, really, you can’t tell the difference between flirtatious and suspicious!?! Anyway, I think I can pick up on what people are feeling pretty easily.
I absolutely HATE horror movies. There is nothing fun to me about watching people be terrorized or hacked up – that’s the opposite of fun. I won’t knowingly watch anything with graphic violence. When I see someone being embarrassed, I want to crawl into a hole and hide.
The weird thing is I come out a “T” on the Myers-Briggs typology thing, meaning a thinker rather than a feeler. I tend to trust logic and rationality more than sentiment, and yet I pick up on other people’s emotions easily.
Post # 9
@Aicyla22: Haha, +1. I’m a big baby when it comes to all of that stuff you listed–I cry SO easily, but yeah, I find it hard to be sympathetic to people who create their own unhappiness.
Post # 10
I’m a little bit of a crazypants when it comes to empathy. I can’t stand to know that other people are unhappy, uncomfortable, sad, hurt, anything!
Post # 11
I always tear up during sports movies during the main character’s big match or game or whatever. I have no idea why, I’m the least athletic person in the world. There’s something about it, though!
Post # 12
I admit that I’m not the most sensitive of people. It takes a lot to make me cry or to really ” move” me. I feel for people, I feel pride in situations, I help where I can… But I don’t necessarily show a lot of emotion or express them during those events. I wish I was a little more expressive (genuinely so, not forced) and looked at things and though , ” awww!” more !
Post # 13
@sweetdee522: I totally got tearful from looking at those pictures!
I definitely consider myself (and other people consider me) quite empathetic. I almost went into a career in psychology, but I realized I am probably too empathetic for a job like that, and taking on other people’s misery all day would make me pretty miserable as well.
I read recently that the reason women cry so much more than men is because men are not as good at picking up on people’s feelings as women–so women evolved to cry more so that men would be like “hey, she actually is upset” whereas a man does not need to cry for a woman to know how he’s feeling. Makes sense, right?
Post # 14
Wow I just looked at the webpage you posted. So amazing, I had chills the entire time! I consider myself fairly sympathetic, but it really depends on the situation.
Post # 15
@Aicyla22: Lol that’s funny I’m the exact same way
Post # 16
I have seen those 21 pics before and some of them literally made me sob. Is it the ones where someone rescues the womans dog after it blows off a pier? Can’t look now because I am at work and don’t have time for a sob fest. I am sick of being so sensitive and crying over everything. As a mom it is super hard to not cry when my kids go through stuff like shots. I want to be strong but seeing them hurt is way too hard for me. I have gotten better at sneaky crying though over the years!