Ever since I was a little girl, I have been told that I needed to control my emotions.
Stefanie, dry it up. You need to grow a backbone.
Stefanie, why are you crying? That doesn't accomplish anything.
Stefanie, calm down. It isn't that big of a deal.
I am a highly emotional person, and I cannot (nor will I) change that. When I attempt to shut it off and pretend that I am not feeling any of those pesky negative emotions, that's when I get depressed and sick, both mentally and physically. I've talked about this before in a previous post, so I won't go any further into it.
If you, like me, are a highly emotive person (FYI, emotional is not a synonym for crazy or over-dramatic), be comfortable in your own skin, and don't you dare try to stifle those emotions.