One time my brother Tim said to me, "I feel things twice as much as anyone else." That has always struck me as such an arrogant statement. How does he know what anyone else feels? I probably would have blown it off had he been a teenager, you know sometimes we tend to be a bit dramatic at that age. He was about 40 at the time.
I try pretty hard to keep myself on an even keel, emotionally. I don't ever go to scary movies. I was dragged by some friends to see "Carrie" a few hundred years ago, and it took me a week to recover. I walked out of Bambi when i was 6 during the fire scene.
I avoid reading books that will make me sad, because i will stay sad for a long time. A few blogs i look at have recommended a book called "The Time Traveler's Wife" saying it made them cry. I'm afraid it would make me cry too. I don't want to cry. Sometimes i'll put a book down during an emotional part, and wait a few weeks until i am detached from the story before i can pick it back up.
I walked out of the room during the 6 Feet Under episode where David gets carjacked. I just couldn't take it. I actually stopped watching the show at that point. I never did see the rest of that episode. I wasn't able to watch any of the rest of the episodes until a friend told me what happened in them, so i could prepare myself.
Now that i am thinking about it, i see that i need some time to recover from whatever i am feeling, and for me that involves being alone. (Intovert alert.) Not something i can do after every TV show, movie or book that moves me.
I'm telling you this, because i am curious about you. I want to know how this works for you.