I understood it.
She's trying to distance herself from the emotional pain in order to deal with the sitch more rationally.
She's telling you she has dissonance.
My guess is that it is love vs. hate. (not that big of a stretch when you think about it)...All bundled up inside her - seeking relief, resolution, and at the very least, expression (getting it outside of herself, getting it "out there")...
My gut instinct would be to make myself small. Patient. There if she needed me.
To act as a bucket, a willing container to catch the emotional vomit that's pent-up inside.