emotional cripple

emotional cripple

1. Someone who is unable or finds it difficult to form or express emotions, thus hindering their 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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My four-year-old is not going to be an emotional cripple because she still likes a baby bottle of hot milk before bed.
Until in 1989 younger daughter Imogen wrote a memoir in which she called her mother an "emotional cripple" with more time for her child readers than her own children.
Like the fact he's an emotional cripple - and a selfish one at that.
One said: "Everybody knows he's hurting, he doesn't need Kate telling the world he is an emotional cripple.
Gyllenhaal is a mesmerising screen presence, alternating between temptress and emotional cripple. Shot on digital video, Laurie Collyer's film conjures its grim mood with ease.
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." OK, that's too much, but have we not heard of the miserable old man?
So what if this "emotional cripple" wrote his torture novel, Days of Wrath, before either of his arrests by the Nazis and made Mao and Nehru sound more interesting in his Anti-memoirs than they really were?
'One of my current yardsticks for taking on work is trying not to play an emotional cripple. What appealed to me about Stepfather is seeing how this man coped living a nightmare.'
But before that decisive moment, the play hops back and forth in time to show how Lynette acquired the original in the first place and how her obsessive viewing of it over the years has turned her into an emotional cripple.
Like so many other young British patricians, he was saved from becoming a complete emotional cripple by a tenderhearted nanny.
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.
Real Boys opens with the assertion that boys, including many who seem to be doing fine, are "in serious trouble" and "in a desperate crisis." 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.
Mr Holden also reveals that Diana once told him she considered Charles to be an "emotional cripple".
Her husband, Sir Clifford, has been rendered impotent by a war wound and is also an emotional cripple. The gamekeeper, Mellors, is a forthright, individualistic man, uncontaminated by industrial society.