Emotional Numbness
Emotional Numbness

1) What are some telltale signs of emotional numbness (in yourself and others)?

⁃     Unable to feel, feel “empty “

⁃     Disconnected from self and others, including isolation

⁃     Loss of interest in enjoyable activities

⁃     Being harsh to self or others

⁃     Dissociating, losing track of time

⁃     Finding oneself spending an excessive amount of time on social media scrolling or watching TV

⁃     Difficulty sleeping and/or change in appetite

⁃     Tension within the body

⁃     Short breathing

⁃     Not following through with activities of daily living (ADLs)

⁃     Lacking empathy or compassion for self or others

⁃     Not able to see the light at the end of the tunnel

2) What can cause someone to become emotionally numb? Emotional numbness can be a symptom of an individual who is stuck in a trauma response, often “freeze.” This can also be a result of any life event that causes an internal threat or disrupts one’s internal state. Emotional numbness is often a protective factor and/or learned response.

3) What is the psychological definition of emotional numbness? It is when an individual is shut down, not expressing or feeling their emotions. It’s also a coping mechanism that individuals learn to protect themselves from physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual pain.

Stephanie Robilio, LCSW
Published Author
Chief Clinical Officer at Agape Behavioral Healthcare

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