I get my fair share of hate mail on this blog, which I find unpleasant but not entirely surprisingly. Given that CFS appears to involve the emotional centre of the brain, it tends to generate a lot of anxiety and/or anger. Many people aren’t good at expressing their anger cleanly, and some of them choose to channel it into hate mail directed at me.
Being on the receiving end of somebody else’s hostility can be stressful, so it’s important to be assertive with these people to stop their stress from entering my emotional boundary.
He’s an example from last week: I got an email from a female ex-friend who I initially met through this blog, which began:
“I don’t read your shit, but…”
… and went on to give me some unsolicited advice that I didn’t find particularly helpful.