⁃ 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.