Emotional Boundaries: Feeling Responsible vs. Caring for Someone Else’s Emotions

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Feeling responsible for someone else’s feelings can be extremely draining – it leads you to a lot of analyses, game playing, coddling, and avoidance. It’s been coming up a lot lately in my coaching sessions…

 

One of my clients was feeling so ready to quit one of her jobs. Yet she’d been with this family for some time and was afraid of hurting their feelings and putting them into crises/distress.

 

Another was afraid that he’d messed up his chances at a relationship by “not saying the right thing” and “causing” someone to shut off communication, even though, he was expressing his honest feelings.

 

When you try to be responsible for someone else’s feelings

  • you’re not giving them the credit of being an adult.
  • You’re not giving them the right to have their own emotional experience
  • You’re making assumptions that might be completely untrue
  • You’re holding yourself back from connecting to or understanding your truth
  • No one is served in these scenarios

 

So the question becomes, how do I be a nice person and not care about someone’s feelings?

Find out in this video…

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In the comments below share your biggest takeaway from this video. How can these insights help you in your relationships? 

Love,

Sasha

 

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Published by Sasha Marie Stone

Happiness Engineer at Automattic by day and blogger by night. Developing personal and professional excellence, optimizing wellness, and navigating relationship dynamics are Sasha’s favorite topics of exploration. She grew up in Canada and Egypt, then spent many years living in Los Angeles, working as a yoga teacher, Thai massage therapist, and life coach. West Palm Beach, Florida is now home, where you can frequently find her running on the beach with her dog Nica.

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