EMOTIONAL NUMBNESS HAPPENS WHEN WE AVOID INTENSE AND OVERWHELMING EMOTIONS SUCH AS FEAR, RAGE, ANXIETY AND GRIEF. WHEN YOU GO EMOTIONALLY NUMB, YOU LOSE THE ABILITY TO FEEL AND EXPERIENCE YOUR EMOTIONS ON A PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL LEVEL.
Emotional numbness is the foundation of many issues I have faced (and slowly healing from). Due to my upbringing in an emotionally immature, rage-filled family whom I felt disconnected from for the majority of my life, I never learned how to handle myself or my emotions. I was punished verbally and emotionally anytime I expressed my independence or any form of dissent. Being abused by my parents emotionally, psychologically, or spiritually contributed to my inability to self-regulate emotions, which led to emotional numbness as an adult.
Dissociation is a break in how your mind handles information. You may feel disconnected from your thoughts, feelings, memories, and surroundings. It can affect your sense of identity and your perception of time.
Emotional numbing, is a defense mechanism used to cope with highly stressful or overwhelming emotions. It is a disconnection between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Emotional numbness, or detachment, is experienced differently by different people. You may feel a chronic sense of boredom and emptiness like you are not able to show or feel any emotions. You may lose the ability to respond to events with the usual joy or sadness, and struggle to really know yourself and connect with others in a deep and meaningful way.