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I Feel Emotionally Detached and Empty Inside

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    sometimes i can feel

    and laugh and smile and act like im okay and im not dead inside. i try to tell myself that its a passing feeling, that i happy with bad moments. not bad with happy moments. i have these times where its like im watching myself talk and smile and laugh with people but its not me...
    oceanescape oceanescape 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 9, 2014

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    I'm Not Sad, Sadness Is A Feeling. I Don't Have Any Emotions.

    You know how its perfectly normal to feel sad after a traumatic event? You know how you eventually heal from that? That feeing before you heal is know as sadness. But sadness is a feeling and that does not describe me at the moment. See I wish I was sad because sadness is a...
    Accalia Accalia 16-17 Mar 8, 2011

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    I'm nothing but a useless space occupier,

    why does anyone even bother keeping me around?
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Feb 3

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    Detached. I Need Insight.

    I need insight..I don't want to shut down. I am going to sum it up by saying I lost both my parents when I was 11, and 12. Things were always rocky and I have gone through some abuse, though I can't make it out clearly. I am a college student now, and I am finding it very hard to...
    ArtemusLush ArtemusLush 22-25, F Apr 16, 2013

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    Have you ever sat down

    and wondered what the hell is your purpose in life since you can't do anything right? Has the question "Why am I still breathing" ever crossed your mind even for a split second.. Have you gone down memory lane and realized that maybe just maybe you are a failure at everything...
    Elis14 Elis14 18-21, F 2 Responses May 10, 2014

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    ...

    ever since the break up I have been completely numb to emotions. i feel nothing anymore. i feel empty inside. like an empty shell.
    BloodyTale BloodyTale 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 30, 2013

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    Sometimes u gotta be ur own hero n save ur

    precious heart becuz sometimes the people u can't imagine living w/out, can actually live w/out u!! I hate the feeling when u have to say goodbye to someone u actually want to spend every minute/second/hour with..!
    Chipmunk1023 Chipmunk1023 18-21, F Dec 28, 2014

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    No matter how much people would wanna try to be

    close to me, I would never let anybody in. Especially the new ones that I've known. Because I feel like they are not genuine about it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 9

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    I Just Don't Know Anymore

    I feel like I'm damaged and I don't know what to do anymore. I feel detached from everyone. I don't have friends. I don't feel anything for my boyfriend. I don't know. I am going crazy
    FuckingHostile FuckingHostile 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 3, 2012

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    A Personal Refection

    I think before is begin I should give some information about my past. My life has been fairly easy. There isn’t interfamily strife or tragedy. I had a stable upbringing with supportive parents. The most trying and challenging times in my life was when I was in public school...
    trifourth trifourth 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 29, 2013

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    Bring Me To Life

    It feels as though I'm missing the other half of my soul; the person who can make my life worth living again. The person who would hold me close and never want to stop. The one person in the world who would matter more to me than life itself. I think this is the person who could...
    XantaraUrielArda XantaraUrielArda 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 6, 2009

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    An Anniversary

    I feel out of place here. No one really understands me and doesn't bother to. I don't ask for much, or anything for that matter. Can I just be treated like a normal human being? I like being talked to and included in social things.. Please stop ignoring me. I'd like to feel loved...
    Sennasenpaiz Sennasenpaiz 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 13, 2012

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    Boundaries. I appreciate the emptiness

    and the numbness. It feels unreal and at the same time free from everything in this world. It's like the clock stopped ticking...
    thelittlemonster thelittlemonster 18-21, F Mar 17

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    Detachment From Reality

    Seeing the state of the world, I feel very "sensitive" towards everything wrong (and right) with the world. I have come to realize not to make huge investments in anything, including family. Ironically, I am a soul who hates people but loves humanity, if that makes sense. I...
    SapientaPeto SapientaPeto 18-21 Feb 11, 2013

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    I feel nothing. I dont feel happy

    nor sad nor anger nor excited. Everything just flat. I have no passion and dont know what to do. I go to work everyday, deal with things that need my response, talked with my only co-worker (this small company only have 2 workers) and then I will stare at my dekstop. I am hungry...
    rheos rheos 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 22, 2014

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    you know that feeling?

    when all day you end up going through the motion so you don't cause people to worry. And you're just waiting, waiting to get home in to your room, close the door, fall into bed, and just let everything you kept in all day out. That feeling of both relief and desperation. Nothing...
    Miracle5463 Miracle5463 16-17, F Jan 5, 2014

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    I've really been feeling the absence of my

    humanity lately. It's sort of strange. I feel free, yet empty. Like all of my energy has been unleashed, but was then encompassed by a vortex of dark matter and frost. This oblivion of thought makes for many lonesome nights, where I simply gaze up into the sky warily, praying to...
    BloodofAmara BloodofAmara 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2014

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    There is this huge numbing sadness

    that is drowning me. And I feel so alone, unable to trust or relate to anybody.
    tnetennba tnetennba 18-21, F Feb 23, 2014

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    An Unloved Soul - I have been in love once

    or twice. I think I am in love with someone now. But every time I get to this point of a relationship, I feel like a distance begins to grow between the two of us. Earlier tonight, my guy and I were on the phone and the conversation was so off and in his voice it was obvious...
    DessBess DessBess 18-21, F Mar 5, 2014

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    After years of being socially withdrawn,

    I decided I open up a bit when I entered high school. The problem being, I developed this unconscious ability to hide all my emotions behind smile and laughter. I can never never feel safe with revealing any emotion on my face. It's even harder for me to reveal my thoughts. But...
    BlueRio BlueRio 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 25, 2014

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    Today Was A Good Day.

    even though i am feeling emptier than ever after quitting my favorite time sucking video game, i laughed. I saw my cat in the driveway today with his tounge sticking out and i just laughed like an idoit. i wish i felt that way  now.
    genericloser genericloser 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 13, 2011

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    Emotional Detachment Is My Armor

    I've never been very emotional, and it's never been a conscious decision.  I have watched loved ones die with few tears shed.  I have the "ability" to sever all emotional ties with someone in an instant, which is cool, I guess, when a relationship is ending, but I feel...
    SpiritualFighter SpiritualFighter 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 10, 2010

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    ....??!

    This idiotic looking person, reflected in my mirror, who is it? With your shield called logic, this jealousy in your lonely heart. Yes, even if I am, always trying my best in this society Everyone around me is an enemy, criticizing me, Treating me like an idiot. Is there anyone...
    sarablue sarablue 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 7, 2012

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    I have always been and gone through a lot

    but yet I don't let that claim me . I am emotionally detached from myself bc I lost another love one but I felt no pain and could not cry . I feel like everyone I touch dies . But I am going to therapy to figure things out.
    Fanteyzhuh Fanteyzhuh 22-25, F Nov 30, 2014

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    Losing Any Hope Of Good Feelings.

    So, as some of my other stories have stated I have had a lot of bad stuff happen this year and it doesn't seem to be improving. Just for a quick run through. I've lost friends, my relationship suddenly ended right in the middle of a period where I really needed the support, a...
    AndyEW AndyEW 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 3, 2013

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    So empty, unfeeling. I could not feel a single

    emotion, it comes and goes. Everytime I try to grasp it it slips out of my hand like fine sand. I constant reached out, to feel even the slightest emotion no matter how small or negative it might be. But it could never last. Barely a minute ago I was laughing so happily, one...
    littleowlet littleowlet 13-15, F Feb 1

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    I always knew I was indifferent to almost

    everything with the household I grew up in. Others feel excited, I try to feel that way too, but I can't.
    deathgrunty deathgrunty 18-21, F Feb 22

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    I Am Slowly Dying

    I have tried to be a good person, but my life has had so many obstacles . As a baby I was the 2Nd child born to a young mother who miscarried me at 24 weeks. The priest baptized me and gave me the blessing of the sick. My mom already had one child who was I year old. I was placed...
    findinghanna findinghanna 36-40, F Jul 12, 2011

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    I'd Rather Not Be Who I Am.

    I'm not sure why, but lately I have been very cold and malicious. My mood swings have been out of control and every thing that I say out loud or seem to think about is something cruel or something that makes me think myself into a bad mood. I wouldn't really consider myself...
    Princess1211 Princess1211 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 11, 2011

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    Frantic Late Night Googling

    At this age, I never thought I'd feel so detached. On the outside I might look pretty normal. But right now I feel like I've hit the existential speed bump. And everything is starting to slow down. I don't find anything or anyone engaging anymore. I can't talk to my friends about...
    freestyler605 freestyler605 22-25, M 5 Responses Jun 22, 2012

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    I'm having one of those days again.

    Just finished my finals. Studied as hard as I could. I know I should at least be glad that the finals are done with but it seems that the dust hasn't settled yet. I'm feeling more anxious than usual about my exams. I'm afraid, that I might fail. I set myself up for this degree...
    freestyler605 freestyler605 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 14, 2014

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    I think it started in a small way several

    months ago, but I put that down to stress, as I have been working hard for some very important examinations these last few months. They ended yesterday, and I still feel the same way. I feel no love, happiness, sadness, anger, desire or disappointment. I have had mood swings - a...
    classicminx classicminx 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2014

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    I'm a senior guy in highschool,

    and this feeling is relatively new. I've always been the weird kid in school, not because I liked the attention, rather because it is just how I am. My sister and mother always thought I lacked normal human responses to things, and I never really knew how to fit into groups of...
    dr248 dr248 18-21, M May 17, 2014

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    Zaada Zaada 18-21, F Jul 29, 2014

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    Listless , Discompassionate , Souless , Spiritless , Heartless , Dead .

    Dammit , why did I see this group before signing off for the day ? Brain still works fine , check ; body functioning , check ; soul ... soul ? ( no response ) Awww , crap , where'd it go ? For months , years maybe , this has been the case . Can't say it's been by choice , it...
    Tanengreen Tanengreen 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 12, 2010

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    Is Feeling Nothing Such a Bad Thing

    Sometimes I wonder, when I am crying or hurting and can't see and end, if feeling nothing at all would be such a bad thing. I mean, all the hurt and sadness I feel would go away.................... But then I think of the occasional bliss I feel and it gets me thinking, "...
    TheWanderingSupertramp TheWanderingSupertramp 22-25, M 20 Responses Oct 6, 2009

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    As I'm typing this, my world is just crumbling.

    It's not the first time.. I keep picking back the pieces.. Mend everything.. Pull myself back up and move forward. But sometimes it's really tiring to keep doing it again and again. I never let out how I feel to anyone coz they just don't get it.. This post is not about me...
    EnigmaSings EnigmaSings 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 29, 2014

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    yesterday the family was camping at the farm,

    i, my aunts, uncles, and cousins, at 2 am we were waiting everyone to gather up to start lunch, my crush came and my heart fell into my stomach, we all ate and then gathered around the fire, my youngest aunt who's 30 was between me and my crush, i showed her a pic of a cute...
    daslayx daslayx 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 1, 2014

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    ......I don't even know what to say anymore,

    I just feel empty, lonely, and becoming detached. I guess I should just accept that fact that you'll never be able to truly tell someone how you feel. I've failed so many times, its pitiful, but I don't know what else to. Its always that moment when you think your finally ready...
    HeartStrings3 HeartStrings3 18-21, F Sep 3, 2014

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    I Do Nothing All Day.

    With my dead emotions comes a dead physical body that I carry around with me every day. The most I can do with it is grab stuff with my hands, walk on dimensional surfaces with my feet, and click away on my laptop keyboard with no life, emotion, or passion for anything in life. I...
    blackrainbow8687 blackrainbow8687 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 8, 2012

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    zillaron zillaron 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 29, 2009

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    No Emotion And Tired

    I've been feeling like this for 6 months and it gets better then worse then better again and then 10 times worse. I can't ask for help as I know no one can. I just want an insight into if anyone else is like this; there is no 'proper' reason as to why I feel like this. Yes I...
    UselessAt16 UselessAt16 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 3, 2013

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    Haunting Spirits

    Sitting on the park bench Staring at the bay Crying out to spirits That haunt me everyday Wishing they would leave me At peace to fall asleep Instead they come to poke me And grab my soul to keep I tell them that my heart hurts And is crumbling as it falls But they just keep on...
    silentwriter180 silentwriter180 46-50, F Jun 17, 2012

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    I would love to be nothing.

    It would help relieve a lot of stress and pain and I wouldn't have to worry so much anymore. Unfortunately, being nothing isn't an option at the moment. I'm still trying to decide whether that's good or bad.
    BloodofAmara BloodofAmara 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 22, 2014

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    Yesterday was my mothers funeral,

    and not a single tear fell from my eyes. I smiled for most, and even laughed. I stood up and read a piece in the church. There was over 200 people. The vicar said "we normally only get this many people at Christmas." It's not that I'm happy she is dead, although it did put an...
    Heellover Heellover 36-40, M Jan 22

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    The majority of the time I feel stoic.

    The heaviness sinks in after some disappointment. Although I imagine everyone experiences disappointment. My immediate response is one of exquisite delight. "Yes. THIS heaviness." Familiar sentiment of irritation with myself casts the heaviness in a beneficial light. Who needs...
    merrygentry merrygentry 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2014

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