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#438015 - 06/13/13 06:27 AM How old do you feel
GoldStone Offline

Registered: 05/28/13
Posts: 220
Loc: Far East
How old do you feel when you come here?

I feel like I'm 12.

Wondering if I fit in.

Stressing over my empty inbox.

What's up with that?

#438016 - 06/13/13 07:01 AM Re: How old do you feel [Re: GoldStone]
Confuzzed Offline

Registered: 05/30/13
Posts: 39
Loc: South Carolina, USA
It's interesting you posted this. I was just thinking about this yesterday. I feel rather young all the time. And not in the vibrant and full of energy sort of way. I feel even younger when I converse with men. So naturally, I feel quite young whenever I come here to MS. I'm 27 but feel 10 years old sometimes.

I get paranoid that someone may not like me, afraid that someone might be mean to me, and worrying that I come off as irritating (one of the root causes of my silence when I am around people or in the MS chat room).

Maybe "younger" doesn't fully describe how I feel. "Smaller" ....yes I feel small. Easily overpowered, easily frightened, easily looked down on and shy beyond reason.

-Nothing haunts us like the things we don't say-

#438020 - 06/13/13 07:08 AM Re: How old do you feel [Re: GoldStone]
si Offline

Registered: 08/11/12
Posts: 46
Loc: Utah
I feel old. I'm only 20 but on this site I feel like I'm 50+. The reason being is that I feel like I am supposed to be out partying and stuff, yet I try to work on this issue.

#438025 - 06/13/13 08:44 AM Re: How old do you feel [Re: GoldStone]
Agate Offline

Registered: 03/20/13
Posts: 37
Loc: Minnesota
My body feels and acts 40, but I want to be 6.


#438057 - 06/13/13 01:34 PM Re: How old do you feel [Re: GoldStone]
CafeMan Offline

Registered: 03/18/13
Posts: 155
Loc: Chicago
My little formula:

I am 40 - because that's what I am.

I feel 60 - because I work hard and also because of what I've went through in life.

I look 32 - because I try to take care of myself (skin care!!!).

#438058 - 06/13/13 01:37 PM Re: How old do you feel [Re: CafeMan]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6875
Loc: USA
I am 74 - chronologically

I am a kid in the way I feel. I used to feel 12 most of the time. Now I think I've aged to about 15.

I look 55 (according to my M.D.)

So? What's the conclusion? Abuse must be good for you?? smile frown


#438060 - 06/13/13 01:50 PM Re: How old do you feel [Re: GoldStone]
concerned_husky Offline

Registered: 08/29/12
Posts: 727
Always told my friends I oscillate between between 16 and 60.

"What is to give light must endure burning." - Viktor E. Frankl

#438072 - 06/13/13 02:37 PM Re: How old do you feel [Re: GoldStone]
bodyguard8367 Offline

Registered: 05/16/12
Posts: 1159
Loc: ""

Edited by bodyguard8367 (02/27/14 04:16 PM)

#438100 - 06/13/13 07:20 PM Re: How old do you feel [Re: GoldStone]
Ken Singer, LCSW Offline
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Registered: 08/24/00
Posts: 5781
Loc: Lyons, CO USA
Many of my survivor clients would say that they felt their actual age when they thought about confronting their abusers but in the presence of the abuser (whether confronting or just meeting them in a social situation) they felt the age when they were abused.

There is a difference between the chronological age and the emotional age.
Blissfully retired after 35 years treating sexual abuse

#438102 - 06/13/13 07:27 PM Re: How old do you feel [Re: GoldStone]
BraveFalcon Offline

Registered: 02/25/13
Posts: 1224
Loc: The ATL

Physically, I feel about my age. (38) People tell me I look like I'm still in my early 30's and I like to think they're telling the truth. Emotionally, I'm not sure I've even hit puberty yet. Ha ha! blush

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