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I've never realized how stupid the argument "you're not the only one that feels this way" was until someone said it to me. It really speaks to how people view sadness, stress, and problems. It's a worthless point in most cases because there's nothing new on this earth. Every problem has, does, and will exist until the end of time. So of course other people feel the same, but that isn't necessarily helpful as that just means that there are other people suffering, other people who don't have answers. It's like telling someone who's dying or has some kind of chronic illness to "cheer up"

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Mostly, being told I'm "not the only one" just makes me feel like a useless whiner, which in turn makes me feel worse obviously. It's like, of course I'm not the only one, that doesn't mean it sucks any less, the less people feeling this way the better, right? When people say that it just makes them seem condescending at best.


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Exactly. It ultimately goes to show that the person doesn't understand the problem. It's a well intended argument, it just isn't well thought out/ you know? It's meant to be comforting like "you're not alone in this" except it's missing the kindness factor of that statement. It's just an easy answer to give.

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Oct 11, 2016
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