“精神” means “mental,” “内” means “internal,” and “耗” means “depletion, exhaustion.” Translated literally as “mental internal friction,” this term refers to the scenario where a person, often an introvert, suffers from mental stress arising from over-thinking and inner struggles while trying to make a decision when faced with a dilemma or trying to find a meaning for their life. The term caught people’s attention recently after a video on Bilibili about a disabled elder identified as “My Second Uncle” went viral. The partly fictional video was titled “My Second Uncle Cured Me of My Mental Internal Friction.”
Wǒ juédé wǒ de tóngxué dōu bǐ wǒ yǒuchūxī。
I feel that all my classmates are more successful than I am.
Nǐ yǒu yīfèn hǎo gōngzuò，hái yǒu búcuò de nánpéngyou，méi bìyào hé biérén bǐjiào，dàilái jīngshén nèihào。
You’ve got a good job and a nice boyfriend. You don’t need to compare your achievements with other people’s and give yourself anxiety.