Who do I hide emotions from? I think this is a really good question. I pretty much hide my emotions from everyone. I have learned to hide them from my husband who doesn't have time or interest in my emotions. He's equally good at hiding his own. I hide them from my parents because I don't want to upset them. I hide them from my adult children because I want them to love me (probably the same reason for husband and parents). Those are pretty much the only people in my life right now. I don't have friends that I see or communicate with often. I don't work, so don't have coworkers. Doesn't everyone do that to an extent? I see it in a lot of people, but most of them don't have pain. Now that I see that typed out, I wonder if it is correct. Maybe they do, but it is pain from "real" medical issues. From what I have read so far, I'm beginning to think that more people suffer from this than I realize. Many of the people I am talking about are still able to work and perhaps that is the cut off line for me for being a functioning human or worthwhile human. If you're still able to work, even if you are in a lot of pain, you're ok. Therefore, by extension, I am not ok. Probably something I will have to work on.