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When Other People’s Feelings Rub Off On You

friendsAs usual, being beautifully bipolar is hard. I believe we are more sensitive than the average”normal” person. That is not always a bad thing – if someone around you is feeling good, then you are likely to take on some of that joy.

But if a person is negative, that rubs off a bit too. I have a friend who constantly has outbursts when he is angry. When he does, it frightens me. He always apologizes and says it isn’t me, but all that tension causes anxiety in me because I am beautifully bipolar and sensitive.

My advice for dealing with other people’s feelings is to realize that they are his or her feelings, not yours. You can stay calm in the midst of another person’s outburst. You can choose to celebrate victories with your friends. You don’t have to take on the emotions of another person. You can decide how you feel. It need not be dictated by the feelings of another. Be yourself, not them.


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When Other People’s Feelings Rub Off On You

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2015). When Other People’s Feelings Rub Off On You. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2020, from


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