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So I was thinking, I always wanted to be one of those strong independent woman that can take care of herself and never have to rely on anyone. But I've never been emotionally strong. So question one, do you think that you can become emotionally strong by building yourself up physically and shutting people out, following Shakespeare's insight about never expecting anything so you can claim eternal happiness? Secondly, do you think being emotionally strong is actually a weakness, taking into account empathy and all? And finally the question in the title, what's more important?
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I feel like I rely more on emotional strength than physical.
Maybe because I have gone through a lot.

But in most cases its handy to have both.
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Depends where i'm at and what i'm doing? It would be nice to have both though ^^..
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Emotional strength is always the best, without that...

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think they're both important.

you just can't have one without the other... is what i've discovered recently. with a bad back and all... can't do anything. can't write,draw or paint. how annoying.



emotionally... we need to be emotionally stable to enjoy life, imo. it's important to have a strong mental fortitude, because people in this world will say random shit to you that you don't want to hear, and you need to get over that as quickly as possible.
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Both are lessened by a lack of each other. For example, I know many who are courageous and strong-willed, but would be unable to defend themselves and their own against a physical threat. I think that's unfortunate. I hope to transcend my mental and physical limitations to become, every day, a stronger version of myself.
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delilahi wrote:

So I was thinking, I always wanted to be one of those strong independent woman that can take care of herself and never have to rely on anyone. But I've never been emotionally strong. So question one, do you think that you can become emotionally strong by building yourself up physically and shutting people out, following Shakespeare's insight about never expecting anything so you can claim eternal happiness? Secondly, do you think being emotionally strong is actually a weakness, taking into account empathy and all? And finally the question in the title, what's more important?


Closing your heart off isn't a sign of strength IMO. It takes courage and strength to open yourself up and risk getting hurt.
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I think emotional strength is more important but I think it's important to have enough strength to defend yourself.
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Emotional strength is not a lack of empathy or even a lack of emotion, it also has nothing to do with physical strength.. It's the ability to cope and do what needs doing despite upsetting or traumatic events. For example, stepping forward and taking care of the funeral arrangements for a parent or loved one.
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Emotional strength would probably benefit most of us more if you had to choose between the two. Simply because there are countless situations we face everyday that can affect us emotionally. But I don't think it could be a weakness. Being emotionally strong doesn't mean you have a lack of empathy. Maybe I misunderstood the op but you can have empathy and be emotionally strong.

But you really need both to some extent.
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Can't have one without the other.
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I'm going to disagree with the above. Emotional strength, to some degree, is about shutting off or lessening your emotions in time of need in order to face what needs to be done. The tricky part is that doing it too much will lead to coldheartedness and apathy and feeling everything... God.. I never want to return to that.

To expect nothing will give you emotional strength. Building walls around yourself will not. Building walls is just avoiding situations that need that emotional strength.

Physical strength and emotional strength are two separate things. You cannot build one and hope it builds the other. Both are important, but for different reasons. It's not really a matter of one or the other, because, if you have emotional strength but not physical, you aren't helpless if you have the cunning to make up for your lack. if you have physical strength, but not emotional, you can make up for it by adapting to a lifestyle which prevents you from facing situations that require it. But each, is requiring compensation from an unmentioned skill set, and they are not diametrically opposed on a singluar axis.
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I'd say emotional strength is more important (though not at all times) given that you will be tested more so that way. Physical strength is nice and all but you normally have enough of that as you grow up without having to work out and such. Sure there are times when you might need more than usual, but not nearly as much as emotionally.

And unlike what some people say there is nothing wrong with emotional strength, regardless of how you want to define that. (be it lack of feeling or simply resolve)
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delilahi wrote:

So I was thinking, I always wanted to be one of those strong independent woman that can take care of herself and never have to rely on anyone. But I've never been emotionally strong. So question one, do you think that you can become emotionally strong by building yourself up physically and shutting people out, following Shakespeare's insight about never expecting anything so you can claim eternal happiness? Secondly, do you think being emotionally strong is actually a weakness, taking into account empathy and all? And finally the question in the title, what's more important?


Being independent doesn't really show emotional strength, unless its in a certain situation where its hard to be independent emotionally.
As for shutting people out of your life, its like trying to run away from your problems. if you don't want to rely on others its fine, but you can still be independent when relying on others, because they will usually help you anyway(natural instinct of any person).

I think Emotional strength is more important, because whats physical strength if you don't have a strong will to do something. Those with emotional strength can endure many physical challenges in their life, while getting stronger from either failing them or completing them because they never give up.
This is just my little grain of salt, so I wouldn't take what I say seriously, or impact-fully
Posted 4/28/15

DudeItsMark wrote:

Can't have one without the other.


This isnt true at all, there's plenty of people who are emotionally strong but physically weak.
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