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Anybody have "Hallmark card like" emotional moments?
July 25, 2005
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I get teary eyed and want to cry at some of the silliest things. Anybody else do that?
I like to rodeo, let me see a nice run or bucking event and I'll get misty eyed. My therapist called them "hallmark card" emotions...Something that really touches your heart but if you cry, people are going to look at you like you've really gone off the reality wagon~ It's hard to explain, I'm trying to though. hopefully you can understand what I'm talking about.

July 25, 2005
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hi IC...yes i have those. some are memeories that I thought I did not have...but if I see anything in comparison, i cry.

and, i also cry in the Hallmark stores reading cards!

July 25, 2005
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I always cried at those Folgers commercials where the solider comes home OR about a kid who wakes up early on christmas morning.

So now, even if I just hear the tagline sung, whistled, hummed: "The best part of waking uuuuup...is Folgers in your cup" I'm programmed for an emotional response.

Gold, will you hand me a tissue?

July 25, 2005
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I'm SO glad somebody knows how I feel...I just thought I was a complete emotional basket case. Sometimes it doesn't even have to be a happy, or loving, moment, just something that seems to strike a cord in me and here I go. Now that I'm living alone, I'll go ahead and let my self explore WHY those emotions effect me that way when I see something like that..before I was too afraid of looking "weak" or "hormonal"..uggghh I HATE the way men package our emotions into hormonal, pms and bitchiness!!!

July 25, 2005
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i remember the Folger's commercial..there used to be so many back when that were rather emotional commercials.

July 25, 2005
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The only time I can cry is when I watch sports or sports movies--but man, watching somebody win a Gold medal, or the World Series, or cross the finish line in the IRON MAN triatholon--that is a "hallmark moment" for me. I can't cry for anyother reason, but I can't watch Rudy with anyone cause I have to have a box of tissues!

July 25, 2005
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cpt1212,
Yeah, sports seems to do it for me as well, I guess it's seeing someone succeed and realize their dream and here I sit!!

July 25, 2005
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I know during the Olympics you would think I am going through a nervous breakdown! HA HA

But some reason, nothing else makes me cry.

July 26, 2005
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I inherited my father's "tender heart" as my mother called it. I can cry at songs "Cat's in the Cradle" does me in every time. Movies, etc...it took me a bit to cry over what happened with EX? and I and then watch out...let the flood gates open. I've learned that it is okay to have a good cry, since I've been allowing myself the cries, my panic attacks have decreased and actually I feel really euphoric afterwards and I think I see things a bit clearer.

July 26, 2005
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I cry at the drop of a hat these days. I'm a mess!!!! haha

The one that REALLY gets me....Extreme Makeover- Home Edition! Oh I could cry just thinking about it...what a wonderful thing to do for people...give them a home they can be safe in and take pride in.

Blah!!!

July 26, 2005
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I have tears at the site of a calf bein born, or any other thing giving birth. It is such a miracle to me. Just have to try to choke them back so the guys don't make fun of me.

Also, very recently, a little lady was told that God had her safe in his arms. Her response was "But what if God holds me so tight I don't come back". (ok, just lost it.) It's little things children say like that that will make me lose it.

oh geesh, I'm on way to much progesterone. lol

July 26, 2005
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I don't know how to cry anymore. It's weird, it doesn't matter how sad I get, I can't cry. I think I cried out everything two years ago and have no tears left anymore.
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July 26, 2005
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Kj, that's so sad...crying is a comfort. It doesn't feel that way sometimes but it's a way of washing your soul clean. Kinda like picking your self up and dusting yourself off after you fall..
Sometimes crying is the only emotion available since I'm trying to keep rage and anger in check. (I tend to treat my emotions like animals, and only let out the ones I need -LOL)Boy here lately I've been feeding rage and anger well! They are anxious to come out and play! Haven't seen Happy in years, don't remember what it feels like or if I do feel happy, make myself stop because I feel guilty. the "how dare I have fun guilt trip" we coda's give ourselves.

July 26, 2005
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I really envy people who can cry easily. I really miss crying but its very hard for me to cry because of my antidepressants. I used to cry all of the time it seemed. I cried rivers of tears to fill an ocean! That was due to my depression. I've had to choose between crying and being depressed. I know people here are talking about a different type of crying.

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July 26, 2005
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Kathy, I noticed the same thing when I began taking my antidepressants. I wanted to cry, but the tears wouldn't come. Over time, even though I still take them, things seemed to have evened out, and I cry normally, but NOT like I used to at the drop of a hat. It's more controlled is how I would describe it. I thought I was the only one:) Glad to hear you say that too!

July 26, 2005
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I can't cry when I'm sad, depressed, lonely, down. I just switch off and retreat for self-protection.

I do cry over tragedies on the news; imagining myself projected into the place of suffering people.

Allso, I always tend to cry (LOTS!) when I'm really touched. Watching children perform, esp. difficult music or a play they have been working on for ages ... a newborn baby every time! ... a sporting or musical win for people I empathise with ... even just an unexpectedly kind word or deed in daily life, a moment of fellow-feeling & un-aloneness ...

Apparently, crying from happiness, or from being moved, produces different chemicals in the tears than when just sad or angry!!! And they are different again when we cry with laughter.

Yes, crying is somehow a soul-cleansing, washing, bathing, baptising experience!

Blessings - gazelle.

July 26, 2005
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I didn't cry for many years. Started out I refused to cry coz that's what he wanted me to do.

I did finally start crying. I think it comes when you can finally breath knowing that the horrors are over. When the tears finally did come they were nonstop. Guess they had to make of for all those years. But, after awhile things leveled out.

I hope ya'll can find your tears again. They'll come when the time is right.

July 26, 2005
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After I left my ex abuser, I call him lucifer, I used to awaken from my dreams, crying, with tears in my ears. My therapist told me the tears were a good thing, because that meant hope.

I still do it, I cry when they win a car on The Price Is Right!!

July 26, 2005
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I tend to find my self having Hallmark Moments any time sad things happen on the T.V. weather it be the news, sitcom, commercial, infomercial. What have you. I guess I have just been under alot of stress and these things tend to bring it out in me and afterwards I actually sigh a little sigh of relief. I can't say I enjoy sharing this with everyone here but truth be told I do...
Much Luv,
Luv2

July 28, 2005
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Another one for me is tender moments between family members, either parents and kids, or spouses. I guess it's because I miss never having had that kind of relationship.
I had one yesterday and stopped and questioned myself WHY is this particular thing affecting me like this? Don't even remember what it was but at least I "interlized" about what was going on.

July 28, 2005
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Hi Gold,

The noted self-help guru Anthony Robbins (you know, the big guy with the teeth) spoke on that very subject.

He said that you cry, I cry, we all cry at those tender moments (that don't really involve us) or moments of victory (even for strangers) because it speaks to an unfufilled dream that we have. We see ourselves in that tender moment or achieving that victory.

You nailed it when you said you guess you miss the relationship you've never had.

July 28, 2005
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You know when I realized that I had a problem? That scene in Miss Congeniality when all the contestants do the opening number on the day of the contest. There the girls are, all happy and dancing and the music is bouncy and Sandra bullock twirls by, transformed - and I start WEEPING! I was a blubbering mess.

And this happens every time.

July 28, 2005
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So can someone here tell me why this happens? I have no clue, and I feel completely embarassed. Usually, I cry a teeny bit at the cliched moments - the happy ending, the romantic moment, but never in the middle of a showstopping number.

July 28, 2005
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Y&R, that is so true, especially if it has to do with rodeo's or horse events. I'll tear up and be sad as someone runs a fantastic time, wins a buckle/saddle. Anything like that.
It's all I've EVER wanted to do but have rationalized my self so doing "life" things and putting it all on hold. Just goes to show you can lie to everyone but yourself about your dreams..

July 28, 2005
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So ICGold, does this mean that my over the top reaction to beauty contestants performing their opening number means that I really want to be a beauty queen? I'm the person who denounces beauty contests as irrelevant and subjective . . .

An UNACKNOWLEDGED desire.

I was always the smart one, and I was too shy to seek attention, to do things that would attract people to me. I was told I was pretty, but I was always sure that I was being lied to. And if a boy looked sideways at me, I would bolt, literally find someplace to be. I must have been 17 before I even looked at a boy, and I didn't date at all until I was at University. I met my husband, who was younger than me and the only man I could talk to without blushing, and I married him when I was 26.

I usually analyse movies to death, but I have honestly not examined Miss Congeniality - struck too close to home, I guess, so my subconscious refused to deal with it. Shy, awkward girl who can only relate to men as coworkers, no dates, dresses plainly, feels unattractive - I definitely identify with the main character. The experience she has, being literally forced to step out of her comfort zone, and discovering a happier, more confident self - I long for an experience like that. Something that will put my whole life in perspective, and give me the confidence to reveal the inner me, the self that I spend all my time hiding and protecting from the world.

Man, I feel like crying now.

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