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What does "carry so much baggage" mean?

Posted by Pdianek on November 13, 2003

In Reply to: What does "carry so much baggage" mean? posted by Michael on November 13, 2003

Originally, in psychological counseling, many years ago, the term was "emotional baggage" -- the painful memories we retain from harmful times or people. Over the years that's been shortened in colloquial speech to "baggage". Sometimes in online dating venues you'll read of men (it seems always to be men) saying they want a woman with "no baggage" -- silly, since none of us are angels yet, we're all only human, thus we all retain *some* emotional difficulties from our pasts . . . even the guys requesting "no baggage".