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Looking For A Study on Abusers and When They Show Their True Colors

I read a study online somewhere that physically abusive men on average wait three years before escalating to physical violence. Does anyone know the study, and can you give me a link? [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Jul 6, 2014 - 1 answer

How important is emotional literacy to academic success?

Most of the academic textbooks I've read have had a drawn-out presentation style based on psychological observations as part of an effort to project a particular voice. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Apr 18, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I deal with profound emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion?

Whenever I have a particularly stressful or taxing day, I end up being profoundly exhausted for 2-3 days after. We're talking sleeping for 16 hours each day, walking around in a daze, feeling sick after eating, and just feeling unable to do anything I want or need to do. It's like I'm dealing with trauma, but surely this isn't a normal or even reasonable response to trauma, right? If you've dealt with this in the past or are dealing with it now, could you please share any solutions you've found that have worked for you? This has been going on since 2008 for me.
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 2, 2014 - 18 answers

What is love, anyway?

I am in love with a man who claims that he cannot feel love, that he does not know what it is and I want to figure out whether to stay with him in the casual/open/this-will-one-day-end romantic relationship we are in now, to cut that off entirely and just try to be friends, or to go all in and try to forge a long term bond and hope that he will one day feel love. [more inside]
posted by telomere on Jan 31, 2014 - 59 answers

Healing your inner child after childhood neglect. What helped you?

I have long-running case of depression and generalized anxiety disorder, with plenty of childhood triggers. I do see a therapist but due to the holiday schedule, I won't be seeing my therapist for a few weeks. I want to do some work by myself, because crying to sleep nearly every night is getting exhausting. I want my subconsciousness to chill out and be less triggered. I want tips, stories, and resources. Difficulty: I live with my parents, and I get triggered by them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Good (free) resources for overcoming sexual/emotional abuse?

How to heal after living with a sex addict? I am looking for good sources of personal empowerment concerning sexuality (female) and possibly examples of men who actually love deeply and see sex as an expression of love as well as passion...any leads? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2013 - 10 answers

using meds to not feel

I struggled with depression for twenty odd years and have given up on finding medications that seem to hit the mark for other people. I have learned what I need to keep the worst of it at bay and actually feel better depression level wise since I can remember. However I am going through extreme emotional times right now and am wondering if it is ethical to try meds just to numb the pain. [more inside]
posted by kanata on Nov 17, 2013 - 19 answers

Please give me words for explaining my boundaries.

Can I explain to someone how their negative behaviors are putting me off, but maintain an amicable relationship with them? I get too emotional to find fair words. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2013 - 30 answers

Organization that educates public about social and emotional issues?

I recently discovered CASEL, which supports social and emotional learning in schools. This is something I think I really want to support, but I'm more interested in social and emotional learning for a general audience (voters, other Metafilter members, etc.), rather than the young students that are CASEL's focus. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Aug 24, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I be less emotionally invested in my technical ideas?

Why do I get so emotionally invested in "eureka" ideas that them having done before leads to a crash-and-burn for me? How do I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Aug 19, 2013 - 9 answers

I'm looking for videos that induce frisson and make you want to explore.

I'm making a list of videos that create a very particular kind of frisson: the feeling that the world is a big place filled with experiences to have and explorations to take part in. Have some good examples inside - would love more. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Jul 30, 2013 - 23 answers

Crisis and exhaustion

Brief explanation: I am in crisis emotionally right now, and there is a lot of related spiritual stuff that goes along with it. However, I still have a lot of "real world" stuff to do that isn't getting done, mainly because I can't stop sleeping right now. I have good meds and a wonderful therapist. See extended explanation for more info. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Going Home to Toxic Family--How to deal? Help me help Mom!

I am currently finishing up my exchange in France where I've had awesome experiences and faced life-changing learning curves. Now I'm returning home to my extremely estranged parents who have been fighting all my life--deep, disgusting trenches of arguments that seem never-ending. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Apr 28, 2013 - 48 answers

Supporting my girlfriend through medical transition

My girlfriend is about to start a series of medical-related procedures as part of her gender transition (M2F). What can I, as a cis(ish) woman, do to be a good support to her? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 10, 2013 - 4 answers

How to help a friend escape an abusive relationship...?

Friend stuck in abusive relationship and totally unable to break up. [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Jan 21, 2013 - 32 answers

We are at different ends of the emotional spectrum, are we doomed?

We are at totally different ends of the emotional spectrum, are we doomed? [more inside]
posted by JIMSMITH2000 on Dec 10, 2012 - 36 answers

My girlfriend mentioned suicide last night...

My girlfriend mentioned suicide last night... [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* on Nov 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Support/Help with divorce after 1 yr marriage (29 y.o.)

29 years old and divorcing after 1 year of marriage- looking for support/help with my decision. [more inside]
posted by love2much on Nov 14, 2012 - 34 answers

Can you really be addicted to a certain kind of sadness?

Can you really be addicted to a certain kind of sadness? Ugh...I hate that song. My boyfriend has serious intimacy issues but is trying to work on them. I feel intermittently insecure/frustrated/sad/angry and I don't know how much longer I can take it... [more inside]
posted by entropy33 on Nov 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Eternally unhappy parents with a stagnant and unhealthy marriage--I am in the middle. How to deal?

Please help me deal with my parents ever-strained and unhappy marriage, my fathers refusal to seek marriage counseling, my mother's emotional affair, and my grandparents horrible influence. This has been happening forever--now that I'm 20, my parents are divulging more and more. It's too hard to deal with. Any suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 31, 2012 - 24 answers

Wistful Songs of Emotional Conflict?

I am looking for more songs similar to 10cc's "I'm not in love". Specifically, songs about attraction or falling in love but feeling conflicted over it or uncomfortable with it or questioning it. Difficulty: Must also be non-venomous, non-hostile, non-accusatory. So I am not looking for songs like "You give love a bad name" or Britney Spears "Toxic". [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Sep 5, 2012 - 55 answers

Recovery from trauma - help me educate myself?

I was in a traumatic event a few years ago which was followed by shock and near complete amnesia. Recently I've been getting memories back, and, following different triggers, experiencing physical and emotional exhaustion. Help me understand what to expect, and how best to deal with it ? (More specific qs after the cut) [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Aug 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Good mental/emotional specialists in Seattle?

Looking for a relatable, compassionate, pill-free mental/emotional/marital health specialist in Seattle, for a spouse who hates doctors. Any recommendations (or advice in general)? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Like a virgin

Imminent break of self imposed celibacy after a few years. Going away on romantic trip next week. Gentleman in question unaware of my choice or relationship history. How to prepare? Do I tell him this? What can I do to prepare myself? [more inside]
posted by a2 on Jul 14, 2012 - 45 answers

My man fixes my stuff, but doesn't touch me enough

Boyfriend is great, but how can I get him to meet my emotional needs more consistently? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on Jul 6, 2012 - 31 answers

How to stay emotionally strong after double whammy?

How to stay emotionally strong after double whammy? [more inside]
posted by dt2010 on Jun 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Spock vs. the Anti-Spock

Anyone have good ideas of characters who personify over-emotional thinking, over-rational thinking and a healthy balance of both? The missus leads a group at a recovery center, and she's trying to find examples to show the patients to help them understand between emotional and rational thinking. The best we've come up with is Spock/McCoy/Kirk; is there a good clip that shows this interplay between the characters? Or, please, if you have better characters and scenes she could use, we'd appreciate it.
posted by razdrez on May 16, 2012 - 20 answers

How do I fix my social reputation at work?

What would you suggest for improved social skills, fitting in, decreased awkwardness, and undoing a reputation for being annoying at work? I'd especially love help for nerds with social anxiety who need to fit in with mainstreamy socialite sorts of people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 20 answers

For my own sanity/happiness I have to end a LTR, need help

For my own sanity/happiness I have to end a LTR, like TODAY - I could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2012 - 67 answers

I miss my boyfriend. This other guys is nice. Help!

Am I emotionally cheating on my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by Emms on Jan 6, 2012 - 34 answers

Books, forums, ??, for adult children of abusive parents who have (undiagnosed) cognitive and emotional issues?

What are some informative self-help books and other resources (preferably online or UK-based) for adults dealing with abusive parents who have undiagnosed cognitive deficits and are emotionally stunted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Hope for my ailing marriage?

After nearly 11 yrs of marriage my husband is talking of possibly finding his own place and at the very least separating for awhile to see if he can "get himself together". We have been a couple nearly 15 yrs. I am looking for experiences, resources, advice... [more inside]
posted by snuffyrat on Dec 27, 2011 - 21 answers

Hair-trigger reactions

What does it mean to be "triggered"? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Nov 9, 2011 - 10 answers

How to cope with divorcing

A friend is getting divorced. He has been married about 8 years and has 3 kids under 6, one who is just months old. He and his wife are amicably dealing with this so far, though this was just determined yesterday. What advice do you have for him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 - 21 answers

Why is my ex stuttering?

My ex has developed stuttering when he talks to me. Am I being played? Is there such a thing as emotionally-caused stuttering? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Oct 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Bombastic, histrionic, over-the-top, emotionally cathartic songs

Bombastic, histrionic, over-the-top, emotionally cathartic songs? Preferably those especially good played LOUD. [more inside]
posted by vers on Oct 15, 2011 - 79 answers

Don't be such a cry-baby

I cry often, always have, and I don't know if this can be changed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me determine if I'm on the right path to healing my "depression", if that is in fact what I'm dealing with.

I can't pinpoint the source of my ongoing angst/depression/anxiety - is it emotional or physiological? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2011 - 14 answers

Can a hypersensitive person grow a thick skin?

Is it possible to grow a thick (emotional) skin? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Sep 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Sexually to Men, Emotionally to women.

Sexually attracted to men, emotionally attracted to women. My sexual orientation? I don't know. Lots of detail. I need support. Help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2011 - 27 answers

Help me identify abusive relationship

Please help me learn how to identify an emotionally/mentally abusive relationship. I am not sure if myne has always been one, or is slowly turning into one, or is not one. [more inside]
posted by amacph10 on Jun 15, 2011 - 137 answers

Strict Parents

My parents are unusual, and, by virtue of being their daughter, so am I. Some of their idiosyncrasies and ways of doing things I appreciate and employ myself; others have alienated my friends and boyfriends for as long as I can remember. Are these things really so bad? How can I explain to my friends that this is just how my parents are? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2011 - 68 answers

When to move from couples therapy to sex therapy?

If the most pressing problem that remains after couples therapy is sexual, should we move on to a sex therapist or continue with our couples therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 - 50 answers

Friend is a four-letter word

{Relationship Filter} So my husband of less than a year looked up an old friend last month. Said friend happens to be married, female and goregous. They hadn't spoken in more than 10 years. They've been e-mailing, and my husband says he has no ulterior motives. I'm not so sure. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 41 answers

Anger is affecting my life

Why am I so angry and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Dec 27, 2010 - 24 answers

Moving on from her

Changing your mindset. Understanding they weren't right for you. [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Dec 4, 2010 - 20 answers

I'm too old to be scared of intimacy!

How do I let people love me? Will I ever outgrow my fear of intimacy? I'm in my late 20s. I'm scared of intimacy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not scared of sex. Won't think twice about a threesome, but am startled by holding hands. If a guy wants to get to know me more, compliments me, or crosses the line from being sweet to me to being sweet on me, I get super flustered. I stutter or look at my feet. I run away. [more inside]
posted by jamaisvu on Nov 6, 2010 - 15 answers

How do I just give up and go to sleep?

Up late, overwhelmed, and panicking about life. What do I do to mitigate the damage, and what do I do to stop this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Nov 1, 2010 - 31 answers

Can't we just get along?

I've had more than a few relationships in life turn adversarial/ oppositional. Now it's happening at work, where I have been (anonymously) accused of acting hostile. How do I work better with people? [more inside]
posted by Anonymous.MeFite on Oct 20, 2010 - 25 answers

My brother is abusing his girlfriend, and I don't know what to do.

My brother is emotionally abusing his girlfriend. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 44 answers

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