I recently realized that I have trouble feeling positive emotions.
I'm not depressed or anything... I mean, I can slip into depression occasionally, but I usually pull myself out of it within a couple of months. Normally though, I'm a positive, mostly happy person. There's nothing in my life I can complain about: I have an incredible, caring, supportive family; I have several wonderful friends; I have a promising future and career. I'm 19 years old and just finished my freshman year at a great college.
The problem is that I seem incapable of feeling overwhelming positive emotion. When great things happen to me (a boy I like asks me out, I get an incredible job opportunity, I travel to beautiful places, etc.) the most emotion I can muster is mild excitement, and even that is a bit forced because I know I SHOULD be feeling excited.
I'm perfectly capable of being overwhelmed by negative emotion, so it's not an issue of me being emotionally numb. And I do feel positive emotion to some degree, but it doesn't seem as though they're as strong as other people experience them.
I've been like this ever since I can remember.
Does anyone else experience this? If so, how do you handle it? I'd like to feel positive emotion more strongly than I am now. Any advice is appreciated!
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