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
Clinical Director at Agape Behavioral Healthcare 

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