Emotional numbness is a state of nothingness. Literally. It is when you can’t or don’t wish to feel the emotions a person in his everyday life does. You’re apathetic towards pain and suffering and aloof towards joy. It is like standing out in the cold for a long time and then not feeling your own skin, or the pain somebody inflicts on you. In today’s age, when our lives are burdened by anxieties and tensions that are thrust upon us, many people wish they were in a state of emotional numbness so as not to feel the resultant pain. This article will list down some ways in which you can emotionally numb yourself. However, it is highly suggested to take precaution and not indulge in this activity because it can start a chain of causation related to social and mental problems.
Taking anti-depressants and/or tranquilizers, is perhaps, the easiest and yet most dangerous way of encouraging a state of emotional numbness. One can get addicted to their use and excessive utilization may have a negative impact on the psychological and physical health.
Denial is another great way of making yourself emotionally numb. Whenever a situation, pleasant or distressing, comes into play, simply stop feeling anything. Our mind is a great thing and can be functioned according to we want it to. When faced by an adversity, go into denial and pretend it never happened.
Block your thoughts whenever there are circumstances when you want to go into a state of emotional numbness. Whenever you start thinking about that event/person, make a conscious effort to distract your thoughts and move them onto something else. This greatly helps in the face of a death of a close one.
Excessive depression can also make us aloof to our surrounding, sending us in a state of emotional numbness. This is when one faces enough misery to not care anymore. This is out of frustration and helplessness, a state after which our brain goes into its defensive mechanism, making us stop from feeling anything.
Avoiding people is also a great way to quit feeling any sort of emotions. The more you interact with the world, the more your emotions will stimulate in each experience that you face. After all, it is a known fact that it is people who bring us joy or misery and therefore, to stop feeling any of those, cut yourself off from the rest of the world, although this is make you a loner.
Talk less. Become passive in conversations and use monotones to make your point. The more emotions you show in your body language, facial expressions and voice, the more prone you are to feel an emotion itself.
In case a person or event has instigated your anger on a sub-conscious or conscious level, make a ‘conscious’ effort not to react or over-react. Keep your cool and engage in a subdued conversation with that person, and in case of an event, distract yourself.