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How can I tell someone how I'm feeling without looking silly or weak?

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Last Updated: 01/18/2021 at 5:51pm
How can I tell someone how I'm feeling without looking silly or weak?
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December 16th, 2015 1:49am
Most people are understanding of feelings! Find someone that you can really trust...and not just trust a little bit, but I mean REALLY REALLY trust, like a close friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, or a close family member, and tell them whatever you're feeling. I promise that they won't judge you, and having feelings is a normal thing! It's nothing to feel silly about, everyone has them! :)
December 16th, 2015 3:19pm
You shouldn't feel silly or weak when discussing your feelings, everyone has them, and everyone should be entitled to speaking on them.
December 16th, 2015 3:23pm
Yes, never be afraid to tell someone how you feel, people don't thing you're weak or silly for having feelings, it's a natural part of life.
December 16th, 2015 5:42pm
You never look weak or silly telling someone how you're feeling. You're using strength to get up enough courage to tell someone and ask for help. Be proud of yourself!
December 17th, 2015 12:28am
Just be honest with them and tell them. Telling someone how you feel doesn't make you silly or weak you are opening up to someone about how you feel and there is nothing wrong with that. Telling them may be hard but just tell them that you need to speak with them and that its important then go for it.
December 17th, 2015 5:33am
Often, sharing emotions can have yourself feeling vulnerable and scared. Examine why that particular feeling makes you feel "silly" or "weak." Once you understand why, whether it be social pressures or bad experiences--learn to own your relationship. Convince yourself that you deserve to feel whatever it is you feel--sadness, love, anxiety, etc. Once you own and respect how you feel--then you can articulate your emotions with out fear of reprisal. You deserve to feel whatever your heart feels--it's yours and it's beautiful!
December 18th, 2015 5:53am
Looking silly or weak is actually a farce. Showing your truth is an exceptionally brave and compassionate thing to do. It not only helps you grow as a person, but allows those around you to grow, as well. You being strong and open creates others around you to also be strong and open. There is never weakness in honesty.
December 18th, 2015 11:59pm
Write them a letter or just look down while saying how you feel. Writing a letter is a better choice if you feel really anxious to even say it while looking down.
December 19th, 2015 8:23pm
It depends on who that someone is. if that someone is someone who is always prejudiced or judgmental, then he/she might only see it silly or weak or something similar. The first step is choosing the right person who fits in the criteria.
December 20th, 2015 2:11am
It may not be the solution for all situations but writing your feelings down on paper are a great way of writing your emotions down and think about what you want to say. You can then simply send them the letter for them to read in their own time and they can then think of a reply.
December 20th, 2015 10:49am
People will appreciate it if you tell them how you're feeling. Speaking up about your feelings won't make you look silly or weak, it will make you look strong and brave. People are always willing to help when they know you're not doing well. You don't have to be scared to open up, it's nothing to be ashamed of.
December 23rd, 2015 11:37am
Be straightforward.Tell that someone what you are feeling. No one could be called silly or weak just by expressing their feelings. And the fact that you admit something is a sign of being bold and brave.
December 23rd, 2015 10:13pm
You can tell someone that you are feeling anxious, by stating exactly why you feel that way. You are not judged here.
December 24th, 2015 8:47am
The best way to tell someone how you feel without looking silly or wear is confidence! You will most likely be respected if you show confidence in your words!!
December 24th, 2015 2:15pm
You are not week or silly when you tell someone how you feel. It's an important thing to do. But there is one more important thing. You need to choose the right person. Person who doesn't make you look silly or weak.
December 25th, 2015 5:54pm
Telling someone how you feel isn't silly or weak at all, it takes guts, courage, bravery and strength to open up about yourself, to be vulnerable to someone... Talk to the person while you two are alone so it's just the two of you and you can practice what you want to say, if that can help you.
December 25th, 2015 8:47pm
Emotions make us vulnerable. Open up to those who respect your emotions and who would gladly respect them.
December 26th, 2015 2:49am
why is looking silly or weak a bad thing? I think it shows you're human! so your intentions are all that matter if they think you look silly or weak you put yourself out there
December 26th, 2015 6:29pm
Be yourself, be courageous and tell the person. He/She will admire you for it for as long as you will be together.
December 26th, 2015 10:07pm
You don't look silly or weak when you tell someone how you feel. Instead it shows them that you trust them and they will support you.
December 27th, 2015 11:20pm
I think you should just be honest about how your feeling, as what your feelin no matter what it may be is important and if it's what your feeling then it isn't silly or weak. So therefore just be honest :)
December 30th, 2015 2:03am
Just by being honest. Sometimes we feel uncomfortable or awkward because we do not know the outcome of the situation. Never feel worried about the way you feel.
December 31st, 2015 1:35am
Expressing yourself, reaching out for help, and telling people how you feel is nothing to be embarrassed or feel silly or weak about. Reaching out for help, talking about how your feeling is a sign of strength. Only the truly strong and brave do whats right for them no matter what.
December 31st, 2015 5:13pm
Try and open up to them, they won't think that you are silly or weak and will probably admire your courage to tell them! Just tell them slowly what's going on in your life and how you would like some support :)
December 31st, 2015 10:52pm
If you ask others how they're feeling, and if they are able to tell you truthfully, you'll find that we all share the same feelings, good or bad. So whatever feelings you have, many other people also have them, and you're no sillier or weaker than anyone else.
January 2nd, 2016 11:06am
Sometimes it is difficult to share our feelings with others, but the best thing to do is just get it out there in the open. If there is a relationship or friendship established with the person you are speaking with, it should be very easy to tell them your real feelings. If this person makes it difficult for you or makes you feel embarrassed for sharing how you feel, you should reconsider that person's space in your life!
January 2nd, 2016 4:31pm
Make you sure you trust the person you're talking to firstly. And make sure you are in a comfortable situation. If the person you are talking to makes you intentionally feel weak, then the chances are they are not the right person to talk to. If you feel weak or silly anyway with someone you want to speak to, be honest, tell them lightly that you feel that way. You'll find sharing feelings like this, or even being told things like this, will actually feel pretty good.
January 3rd, 2016 2:45am
Honestly, I would just say it. No matter what it is, there's no point in avoiding what you're going to so.
January 3rd, 2016 8:13pm
You can tell someone anything. You just have to look for the right person. Parents are especially great to talk to.
January 6th, 2016 12:26am
I like to make a joke out of it. I put it out there a little bit at a time & see how they respond. Also if someone else says something similar it's a great way to help reassure them they're not alone & vent yourself