I am not sure if this is the "personality profile" of some of us FM/CFS'ers or is it just a separate thing with people. What I'm trying to say is this, I am so highly sensitive to my surroundings. If something slighly bad happens at work, at home, with friends, even strangers, my sadness, anxiety, fatigue and pain levels can shoot through the roof. This is not good. I wish I could have a harder shell about me, but I don't. I think the medical term for this would be "highly reactive", but not necessarily in a nasty way, my "reactive" is not to become mean or nasty, but just "blah, sad, or maybe despondent or indifferent. My condition flares up, that's what can make me angry. Although, my pain and fatigue is chronic no matter what, these situations can put me in a "funk" for days until I can somehow work it out within myself. I was a little afraid to bring this topic up becaue I am not suggesting, in any way, that our conditions are psychological, I know they are not. The hard thing to process is this, everyone has disappointments in life, whether we are rejected by someone in some way, or a job loss, or family issues, but with a chonic condition, like ours, it just seems like such a triple whammy. We cannot keep ouselves hidden from life's disappointments, although, sometimes I feel like doing just that. I am always trying to "protect" myself from getting hurt feelings because I know my condition will get worse under these circumstances, but we can't live in a bubble either. Any comments, suggestions and just any input at all? Hugs, Chelz.