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.
Like the fact he's an emotional cripple - and a selfish one at that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Her husband, Sir Clifford, has been rendered impotent by a war wound and is also an emotional cripple.
I told him that the part of John's father, who could never tell his boy that he loved him, was that of an emotional cripple.
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.