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Movie Quote Monday – French Kiss

I have often felt responsible for other people’s emotions.  I don’t know if this is a female thing or simply a human thing.  But sometimes I wish I could say something like this:

Kate: Listen, don’t feel guilty.  Because then I’ll start feeling guilty that I made you feel guilty and…  You know…  Actually, that was the old me.  Just feel guilty.  Swim in it.  Till your fingers get all pruney.

Do you ever feel responsible for what someone else is feeling, even though it’s not really your fault?

Have you ever just said, “Go ahead and wallow in it.  I give you permission.”?

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  1. Not as much as I used to. It wasn’t until several years ago when I realized that everyone didn’t feel this way and in fact it isn’t healthy to feel this way.

    March 12, 2012
    • Yeah, I do know people who feel no responsibility at all for other people’s feelings. I agree that it’s not healthy to take all the responsibility, either. I do think that being able to sympathize is important, but we can’t get bogged down in feeling like it’s our responsibility to keep someone else from having negative feelings or experiences. It’s hard to live your own life when you’re so busy living everyone else’s, right?

      March 13, 2012

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