We all need to express our feelings every now and then. And it’s good to have people who will just listen and be supportive of us when we are feeling down and in the dirt.
However, there’s a point where you can talk about your problems too much – and even become addicted to your negative experiences and emotions.
For example, a recent study shows how we can sometimes become addicted to negative emotions like grief and disappointment. And another study shows how painful experiences can even activate “pleasure centers” in the brain.
Perhaps this is because we often prefer feeling “something” rather than “nothing” – even if it happens to be a negative and painful experience.
In the same way, many people depend on their problems and drama to feel alive and important. And they have to constantly talk about these problems and share them with others.