Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Emotional Pimple

Emotional pimples develop as a stress response to a particular incident or event, known as a trigger. Often the sufferer will have no idea of its existence. What characterises the emotional pimple is this insidious manner in which it grows, invisible to the naked eye. It is not until it bursts that one realises that it was steadily developing for some time, a big, nasty, toxic, pus bucket festering away inside you. To the external eye the release will look something like a burst water main of human emotion. To the sufferer it feels like being hit repeatedly with the emotional equivalent of a wooden object.

Early warning signs can be detected with close observation. If an initial stress response does occur one should be on the look out for the following symptoms: over analyzing the trigger situation, general malaise, tiredness, frustration, lack of enthusiasm, worrying, sleeplessness, lack of creativity, decreased self-confidence, uncertainty, loss of perspective and sadness.

Because of the hidden nature of the emotional pimple they are generally untreatable. If you are in close contact with someone with an emotional pimple you will need to tread carefully. Due to the high level of toxicity they are likely to be highly emotional, irrational and generally difficult to live with. Care for them as much as you can but take care to not become infected yourself.

Recovery times vary depending on the severity of the trigger, resilience of the sufferer and environmental factors. Sufferers must also be aware of possible recurrences. Initial release may not mean the pimple has completely cleared up and secondary build ups and explosions may occur.

An early patient trial using knitting has shown positive therapeutic results. Researchers are very interested in hearing from anyone with other successful treatment strategies.

*My emotional pimple began life at my birthday dinner when someone I thought was a good friend was a complete (insert your own expletive) towards me. I am hoping that after a secondary cleanse last night that it may finally begin to heal and that I might get back to feeling like my normal happy self. In the meantime, apologies if things seem a little heavy around here.

12 comments:

Juddie said...

Hi Cathy,

Good to hear that the knitting treatment seems to be bringing positive results!

I'm not sure what other studies have been done in this area, but maybe the cuddling of dogs, cats or other animal companions may also help if prescribed appropriately?

(the ancient healing ritual of tea-brewing might also be worth a shot too ....)

Lisa said...

Lots of hugs for you.

I second brewing a lovely cuppa.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Glad that knitting is having a positive healing effect. Blogging has also been found to assist in lifting one's spirits! Other tried and true panaceas include wine and chocolate! Hope you are feeling brighter soon...

Michelle said...

I think I may have been infected with the same emotional pimple. Blasted thing. Personally, I think being left alone is pretty good therapy - the emotional equivalent of a real zit, the one your mother tells you all the time to leave alone or it will get infected.

"I vont to be alone". Oh yes.

Hope it heals real soon.

CurlyPops said...

Oh no, that's terrible Cath. Knit knit knit and you will hopefully feel a lot better!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Birthday nastiness? That is so not allowed! Big cyber hugs to you!

For a higher dose, I'd try knitting (or for me, unpicking kimono), chocolate and a cup of tea, or glass of wine depending on the time of day. And of course lots of kind thoughts from fellow bloggers.

Hope the pimple clears soon.

AnastasiaC said...

Hugs to you!!
chocolate always helps but not for the pimple...hope things get better & your friend realises life's too short for nastiness!!

Betty Jo said...

Your random act of kindness to me perked me up no end.Sending you a ton of random kind thoughts(and do go and snuggle with a furry friend!)

one little acorn said...

Oooohhhh. I hate those emotional pimples.

What is it with so called 'friends' and birthdays? On my 21st birthday (a long time ago) my 'best' friend from school sent me a card (and gift) telling me she wouldn't be coming to my party because "we didn't have anything in common and we were only friends at school because I was the best of a bad bunch."

True! Lovely huh!

Expletives helped a little, but better than that is getting back to happy, just to prove what an amazing friendship they have lost. Oh... and chocolate too.
:-) Happy healing!

Serena said...

Ah, not good news. Hope things get better soon...

BigCat said...

I can't believe that story One Little Acorn. Who are these people getting around in world with their crazy ways? Deary me.

Thanks everyone for all your lovely thoughts. I feel heaps better.

Drewzel said...

I missed the boat here a bit...
I fully understand craft as therapy! So glad you're feeling better now though, remember to email me if you ever wanna chat xx