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How do you tell someone you can't deal with their emotional output in person?

How do you tell someone, 'Hey, I'm sorry you had a rough day and hate coming home to this, but you're honestly making me feel like I do nothing when I feel like I do everything, because I sit around, do nothing I care about because I feel like I have specific obligations, and dread having to hear you cry about how stressed you are because of weight of your emotions are suffocating me right now'?

I always feel selfish in asking this. It's the same reason I'd rather console a friend via text.

It's a common topic, lately, to talk about the divide caused by media and technology. It's easy to demonize email and text messaging, but honestly, I'm so grateful for it.

I've always had high empathy, and being around people who are upset, I tend to pull those feelings onto myself - even when I personally have nothing to be upset about. Further proof I'm probably going to live in a shack in the middle of the woods with a bunch of cats and wild creatures.

My chest hurts.
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