I just can’t watch anymore

I’m a very sensitive and empathetic person. I react very strongly to other people’s emotions, so that if someone cries I have to fight very hard not to cry too. Total strangers being shown on tv crying, and I’m immediately crying too. So it’s become so bad that I can no longer watch the news. So many horrific things happening, and it just overwhelms me. I thought that getting old would make it easier for me to handle, but I’ve just become more and more empathic the older I’ve become. It’s to the point where I just want to hide from the rest of humanity because I can’t stand all the pain.


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Horse pucky

May 28, 2021 at 2:59am

To be truly empathetic is to feel everything and everybody. Young old weak strong dumb smart. Omnipotence is not for everyone

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May 28, 2021 at 6:14am

think we may have the same thing happening although yours seems more so intense than me. I'm a lot more emotional than I used to be. It could just be the getting older part. I'm a man btw.

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I heard

May 28, 2021 at 8:53am

There is a site called "does the dog die?" That mentions triggers for films/tv.

As someone who loves their dog dearly, I find that's a repetitive and depressing plot device.

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I been there too

May 28, 2021 at 12:38pm

and like all upon this Planet still deal with the challenges of this life curriculum every day, But what has never let me down is calling upon the Higher Power for help. And in doing so I've always found that: "when one door closes, another door always opens." .... OCM Sto'lo Coast Salish salutations

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May 28, 2021 at 1:04pm

That must be hard. Have you ever heard of the "Highly Sensitive Person".


It might help you understand why you feel certain things so strongly. Take care :)

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May 28, 2021 at 1:14pm

You've held on to a tenderness that seems rare in this life. Props to you, op. You're not missing anything on the news.
As for me, I become just a tiny bit more numb every day through exposure and nonyielding flat response. Humanity slipping away.

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B. Ingesickness

May 28, 2021 at 3:47pm

We only have a certain amount of empathy before it turns into apathy. Spend your emotions wisely.
Spend it on people you love. Not that screen. Or don’t...

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You need a break

May 28, 2021 at 11:15pm

It's not compulsory to watch the news or respond to your phone every time it pings. We've become far too reactive. These things are controlling us, when it should be us controlling them. I got to where you are now and had to put myself on a diet. No news, no serial killer shows or murder mystery books, nothing sad or sentimental. I went out into nature and let it heal me. I'm not there yet, but am feeling a lot better.

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"I'm very empathetic"

May 29, 2021 at 9:05am

Says no empathetic person ever. Empathetic and empathic aren't the same thing. If you were really those things at your age you would have channeled them into a purpose. Hiding under your covers isn't what empathetic/empathic people do. Keep avoiding the world and making pain and suffering about you. The righteousness is unbelievable.

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Re "I'm very empathtic"

May 29, 2021 at 2:24pm

so how do you know so much? but they mean the same thing. plus not everyone takes a michanical view towards everything.

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