Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Psychology of Overemotionality

When you're overemotional (like myself) life can be a pretty tough road. Full of: "are you kidding me right nows" and odd avoidance stares. I'm the girl who cried during Lilo and Stitch, the friend that tears up watching Bride Wars by herself, the girl who chokes up continually throughout The Blind Side (that mother was just SUCH a nice woman...she changed his life -- you know what, I can't even think about it).

Today, I was the girl who started to get choked up during Father of the Bride at the gym. Talk about an odd combination and an inappropriate place to have your eyes misting with tears as your forehead and lower back become a sheen of sweat. Essentially, I was a liquid organism today. Anyway, if you're also one of these highly emotional creatures, don't worry, you're not alone in the world. There are plenty of other people who start to cry when they get angry (the worst: it ruins your arguments, and freaks out your dad), cry over-zealously during movies, and experience various other hyper emotional reactions to life situations.

How to deal with this condition is a slippery slope because no one likes criers. Let's face it, they're ugly, puffy faced, snot machines (I can say this because I'm one of them), and it's not in anyone's best interest to spend all of his or her time watching in horror as someone has an emotional breakdown over the death of a Harry Potter character. You have to be able to take care of yourself. Methods include:

One: watch movies with plenty of tissues. No one likes a mucus sniffer.

Two: if you haven't cried naturally in a while, watch a sad movie ASAP! You are allowing your body to build up with emotions. You're a nuclear bomb that's going to see a dog nuzzling another dog's nose and start sobbing in response to it. This is also how you end up crying during Bride Wars. They were such good friends, they should have been in each other's wedding!

Three: If you're watching a movie with people you're still trying to impress (Note: this does not have to be a potential suitor. It's a known fact that people try to impress potential friends just as much as suitors. Friends could be in your life longer and have more of a probability of teasing you heavily for years to come) try not to go for a sad movie that you haven't seen right off the bat. The overemotional population knows that half of the 'crying jag' you'll erupt into is the shock of what's happening. If you know that the love of the protagonist's life is going to die ahead of time, you might save yourself some embarrassment.

Overemotionality is a serious but treatable disorder. You are not alone. It doesn't get better, it just gets manageable.

Side effects may include: loss of friends, dizzy while standing, blood clots, serious but rarely fatal heart attacks, excess mucus, belligerent teasing, stroke, and loss of fertility.

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