High: Excessive tears, loud sobbing, choking on tears, flowing snot, body-shudders, unwarranted use of the word “Why?”, frequent sniffling, sweating, decreased stress hormone cortisone, flailing arms, fatigue, headache
Moderate: Subdued sobbing, occasional sniffling, head buried in pillow, crumpled wads of ~2 sheets of tissue paper around hand, low feeling of depression, minor sinus blockage
Low: Tearing, coughing to cover up minor sobs, quick and eventual elevation of serotonin levels
Age 5: “Mom found you under a bridge.” – My brother [age 4]
Age 6: Get bullied first day of school.
Level: Moderate [+grief]
Age 6: Step on pencil; get lead stuck in bottom of foot.
Level: Moderate [+pain, +infection]
Age 7: Losing at Monopoly
Level: High [+competitiveness]
Age 8: Lost my brother in a supermarket.
Level: Low [+frustration]
Age 8: Titanic
Level: Low/Moderate [+concern for kate winslet]
Age 10: Ash Ketchum dies in Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back
Level: Moderate [+concern for pikachu]
Age 11: My brother gets mugged, our apartment gets robbed.
Level: High [+violated]
Age 12: 9/11
Level: Low [+various feelings of being ‘fucked’]
Age 12: Gave away hamster for responsibility reasons.
Level: Indifferent [+relief]
Age 12: Someone steals my brother’s Pokemon Blue
Level: Moderate [+concern]
Age 14: Dad gets mugged.
Age 14: Double homicide in next-door apartment.
Level: Low [+fear]
Age 16: “I think we should break up, it’s not working out.”
Age 17: Major car accident.
Level: Moderate [-tears, +man]
Age 17: Get rejected by potential prom date.
Level: Low [+humility]
Age 17: Gave away dog because landlord found out.
Level: High [+ tears, -man]
Age 18: “I don’t think we should see each other anymore.”
Age 20: Parents contemplate divorce.
Level: High [-childhood]
Age 21: “Are you breaking up with me?”
Level: High [-trust]
Age 22: Find out Bubba Smith died from friend while having a Police Academy marathon.
Level: Low/Moderate [+vague concern]
Profile: Michael Koh