I am not responsible for the emotions of other people
I am not responsible for the emotions of other people. I am not a slave to their happiness. This mindset prevents me from meeting my own needs and makes me perceive the other person as a burden. If I care about the depth of our relationship, I will respond to their emotions with empathy first, my own feelings second, and a statement which makes clear my own needs, and that it is important to me that the other's needs are fulfilled.