I often feel the emotions of people around me, or the emotions of people I love from a distance. I used to fall into the role of diplomat/mediator because people having a conflict would agitate me so much, feeling both sides at once. Getting yelled at? Like taking a few daggers. I’ve tended to fall into depressions because shutting down became a requirement. I know I’ve given myself rough edges and even been kinda scary to some just to keep them at arms length. On the plus side, this has made me a good listener. I’ve learned to separate myself and take time to figure out what’s mine and what is coming from someone else. Now, I can sit with people while they process their pain and help them to the other side.