When repeatedly exposed to challenging situations, even sensitive individuals tend to toughen up. We have to find a way to protect ourselves. The trouble is that it's such an incremental process that we don't realise it's happening. We only notice when someone, who's coming into the situation for the first time, has a strong reaction. You've put up an inner barrier to help you stay distant from an upsetting situation. As you realise that it's safe to allow your feelings back in, you can change something for the better.
17 Apr 1974