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  • July 20, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I have been blessed with a long term support person who is executive director of the rape crisis center here. She has “joked” (although there IS some valid concern) with me several times over the years when I mention going to the bookstore or having read a good book that she should “warn the bookstore” to steer me away from the “doom and gloom” sections!
    That is because I gravitate towards memoirs, non fiction, self help, and social science sections. I DO read some fiction but I am just drawn to the true to life stuff. I’ve had some concerns over that myself…wondering if that makes me “abnormal” in some way? It has NOTHING to do with finding any pleasure or happiness in others pain but if I am honest, I DO find sadness, trauma and struggle more familiar and in THAT way ONLY, it is therefore “comfortable”–at least, to a degree. But on the same note, I think I have become somewhat numb to it because I shut down and don’t react as quickly as I once did. Yet if I saw a person suffering in real life (as opposed to reading about it and being able to close the book) I know I’d have a rough time!
    I like your idea of limiting exposure –so you can stay informed, but not continually immersed!

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