Other people’s emotional distress may infect our emotions within moments of us being in their company. After some exposure to emotionally distressed people, everyone around them may begin to feel sick.
Some emotionally distressed people often prefer to remain distressed, rather than having to deal with their emotions, because emotions aren’t the easiest thing to deal with. But despite all attempts from us to help them, they would rather not change. Instead they continue to make excuses or blame others for their lives, make everything about others and nothing about themselves.
Everything becomes personal. They will avoid taking responsibility for themselves, even if their state of mind makes them ill, although in their defence, they won’t always know the real problem is emotional distress.
That said, emotionally distressed people can grow into healthier people, just by accepting they need help and staying open-minded enough to allow other people to help them. It is important we take responsibility for our own behaviour and emotional health.