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“When Emma Falls in Love”: Emma Stone’s Superpower

Even before the Speak Now era, Emma Stone has struggled in silence. Now, she sees her lifelong battle with anxiety as a source of power and strength.


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Swiftes would know that Taylor Swift and Emma Stone have been friends since they were teenagers. This sweet ballad of friendship was written during the start of their friendship during Taylor’s Speak Now (2010) era.

“I wrote this about one of my best friends”

The song dictates aspects of Stone’s life and likens her to the strong, silent type.

“When Emma falls apart, it’s when she’s alone
She takes on the pain and bears it on her own”

How true are these lyrics about Stone?

Photo via Taylor Swift Twitter Fan Account @TheSwiftSociety

 

Emma Stone in La La Land poster
Photo via IMDb (2016)

In 2018, Emma Stone shared about being diagnosed with generalised anxiety and panic disorder in early Primary. Her first anxiety attack occured at 7 years old and her symptoms have persisted.

Great Minds Think Unalike with Emma Stone and Harold S. Koplewicz, MD
Photo via Child Mind Institute Official YouTube Channel

The 31-time award winning actress seems to have come to accept and speak openly about her disorder. Over the years, Stone seems to have developed a new and empowering way to view mental health.

“I believe that people who have anxiety and depression are very, very sensitive and very, very smart, because the world is hard and scary and there’s a lot that goes on, and when you’re really attuned to that, it can be crippling. [But] if you don’t let it cripple you and you use it for something positive and productive, it’s like a superpower.”

When Emma spoke in an interview with Doctor Harold S. Koplewicz for the Child Mind Institute in 2018, she mentioned writing and illustrating a book during therapy called ‘I’m Bigger Than My Anxiety!’

Emma brought ‘I’m Bigger Than My Anxiety!’ on a show
Photo (2017) via Official YouTube Channel: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

In 2016 with Rolling Stone, Emma explained how she used the book to quash the power of her anxious thoughts in her youth and perhaps even today.

“I drew a little green monster on my shoulder that speaks to me in my ear and tells me all these things that aren’t true. And every time I listen to it, it grows bigger. If I listen to it enough, it crushes me. But if I turn my head and keep doing what I’m doing, then it shrinks down and fades away.”

In doing this, Emma Stone prevails as the superhero in her personal recovery journey.

 

Do you struggle with those green monsters on your shoulders?

Here’s some help that you can turn to

 

 

Anxiety Disorder

Depression

 

 

 

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