emotional cripple

emotional cripple

1. Someone who is unable or finds it difficult to form or express emotions, thus hindering his or her ability to properly relate to other people. Raised by a single father who was at best distant and at worst abusive, Jonathan grew up a cold, emotional cripple, with no friends or companions.
2. Someone who has become incompetent, indecisive, socially alienated, helpless, or apathetic due to an overwhelming and debilitating experience or abundance of negative emotions. My anxiety has left me an emotional cripple—I can do little more than make myself breakfast each day.
See also: emotional
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That emotional cripple Dan Savage, for example--who ironically began the It Gets Better Campaign to allegedly stop gay bullying--devoted an entire chunk of his sordid life working to link former Senator Rick Santorum's name to an internet definition of excrement mixed with semen; if you doubt me, look it up.
Like the fact he's an emotional cripple - and a selfish one at that.
Collins heads an ensemble cast in the tale of a mum of two teenagers who's been married for 20 years but is thrown back into the dating game when her marriage to emotional cripple Paul, played by Brendan Coyle, breaks down after he has an affair.
Like so many other young British patricians, he was saved from becoming a complete emotional cripple by a tenderhearted nanny.
Gyllenhaal is a mesmerising screen presence, alternating between temptress and emotional cripple.
One said: "Everybody knows he's hurting, he doesn't need Kate telling the world he is an emotional cripple.
My four-year-old is not going to be an emotional cripple because she still likes a baby bottle of hot milk before bed.
Alternating between temptress and emotional cripple, she conveys the many layers of her protagonist's damaged personality with a raw, blistering intensity.
Perhaps it's because I'm only 49 that it seems all too easy to turn this article around by a slightly different wording: "Older and more cynical: Aging brain shifts gears to become an emotional cripple.
One of my current yardsticks for taking on work is trying not to play an emotional cripple.
Pollack and other gender reformers paint the typical American boy as an emotional cripple, if not a walking time bomb ready to explode into a school massacre.
But hey, Lily's a plucky cockernee given to regular salutations of 'keep your pecker up', so you know she'll inevitably win them over (Fricker seems easily bought when Friel runs her up a pinny on the sewing machine) and that, despite brushing close to a romance with the community nice guy (Loren Dean) her sister-in-law fancies and Charlie's return as a shell-shocked emotional cripple, it'll all turn out (relatively) happy.
You're behaving like an emotional cripple and there's no room for that here.
His reward for this was to be branded an emotional cripple and thrown off the Memorial Committee with the words "remember where you come from".
He even found time to make a series of guest-starring appearances as an emotional cripple in the hit US sitcom Friends.