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What is emotional detachment?

emotional detachment

Sometimes life gets so tough that the only way to cope is to shut down emotionally. Emotional detachment is the same as going into ‘autopilot’. You’re going through the motions but you are detached and not really feeling anything. It’s a defence mechanism to avoid feeling the intense negative emotions that come with emotional hurt. People who have had abusive …

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What is detachment disorder?

What is detachment disorder? Do you sometimes feel as if you are on the outside looking in? Do you tend to put up emotional barriers to stop other people getting too close? Are there times when you lack empathy for what others are going through – especially those closest to you? If you have answered “yes” to any of the …

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How to reverse emotional detachment

We all tend to put up emotional barriers as we wend our way through life. When we get hurt or are left disappointed by people we care for and trust, the wall gets a little higher. Some people are naturally less emotional than others. For instance, some people are highly analytical and may possess less emotional intelligence than others. I …

Causes of emotional numbness

What causes emotional numbness? There are many causes of emotional numbness. Two of the most common causes are depression and anxiety. Often, when we do not deal with our emotions and suppress them, numbness follows. We become so accustomed to learning how to ‘not feel’ that we end up numb. The problem with feeling numb is that we live a …

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Give yourself permission to feel

    Give yourself permission to feel I call it being “unplugged”. When life has hurt us so much, we learn to detach emotionally. This strategy or defense mechanism works for a while but the long term consequences are a life of feeling numb. No highs, no lows just plateauing. I see it as a waste of life. We are …