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I Feel Emotionally Detached

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    I'M So Emotionally Distant.

    Lately I've become much more emotionally distant. I guess I've always been introverted but learned to hide it over the years? Around my "circle of friends" at school I am unreserved. People tend to describe me as funny and generous. But I'd have no problem sitting in my room by...
    lenoen lenoen 16-17 4 Responses Mar 15, 2013

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    Rejection And Family Abandonment

    My story is too painful and I'm trying to put past behind. Needless to say that childhood rejection esp by family has left me with deep rooted feelings of distrust and fear as well as resentment. If anyone spiritual out there wants to befriend this emotionally fragile British...
    yumi1 yumi1 36-40, F Jul 13, 2012

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    What Is Wrong With Me....

    this story refers ot a friend of mine in real life, i wish to disclose her name so to avoid confusion i will be placing " " around words like "she" and "her" to keep it private. please forgive me for my impropor grammer today at my school a tragety has unfolded, durring fourth...
    Shadowwalker256 Shadowwalker256 18-21, M 3 Responses Sep 18, 2012

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    Disarray!

    I am very emotionally detached from everyone around me. I believe this is coming from when my sister that I was closest to was in a accident about 6 yrs ago. She has permanent brain damage & has a somewhat different personality. All my plans for the future were surronded with...
    Ladyo8 Ladyo8 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 16, 2009

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    emotionally and just detached in general.

    I don't feel the need to do things considered "normal" at my age. examples: College isn't that high of a priority for me, neither is dating (never really has been), neither is getting married or having kids. I feel like I don't want to follow this straight set path for me, Im...
    graveyardghosty graveyardghosty 18-21, F Oct 21, 2014

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    I Feel Emotionally Detached...

    H'okay, I need to bite the bullet and write this. I don't really feel up to writing this, but I'm forcing myself to do it. So... Hi, I'm Luke, 6'3", 15 years old, male, from Illinois, yeah. I feel like an idiot writing this on the internet, I feel like I have no life, but it...
    thatsmypie thatsmypie 13-15, M 2 Responses Sep 12, 2010

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    The Recent Detachment Experience

     Lately I feel like I'm operating purely on instinct.  The days are running together, and I kinda feel like I'm not completely there.  I don't have a roommate this year (in my dorm), and a good portion of my friends graduated last year, so I'm wondering if that has...
    veritasaequitas veritasaequitas 26-30, M 2 Responses Nov 1, 2009

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    Desecration

    I have wrote a bit about the volatile childhood I had. Survivor of every type of abuse there is, I am.. notice I said survivor..not victim. I don't want the pity that victim seems to illicit. I don't need it, and it won't help me. Understanding, ..empathy.. yes. Sympathy...no...
    MissBehaviour MissBehaviour 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 11, 2012

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    I can't remember a moment in my life

    where I felt love or happiness. I'm either sad, numb or detached from reality. I don't feel emotionally close to my family, and I'm not sure why. My childhood wasn't the best, but I know my parents tried as best they could. I think the abandonment I felt as a child is hindering...
    sansabri sansabri 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 4, 2014

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    Does Everyone Go Through It?

    I take comfort knowing that I'm not the only one, but at the same time, it agitates me that it's common, and that no one can help me with it. I'll just have to wait it out like everyone else I suppose. I hope. Sometimes I forget that others who look content, happy, or excited...
    1 Response Feb 14, 2013

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    Lately.

    I don't know what brought this on. Everything just seems so distant right now. Things that should make me happy or sad hardly elicit any reaction at all. The smiles are a facade, and the laughter is fleeting. I don't like it. Yes, it prevents me from being to broken up about...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 23, 2008

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    Detached I fancied him.

    I loved him. I wanted him. I needed him. Until things went sour.
    bloodinsignia bloodinsignia 22-25, F Jan 9

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    I do not understand why people attribute my

    burnout in med school to "too much emotional investment with patients". Not my case. I get that patients and their families have intense apprehensions when they go to a hospital. I acknowledge that in them, then proceed to do my work in order to help them. Most of my stress...
    twelves twelves 22-25 1 Response Nov 26, 2014

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    I don't like hugging.

    I have 2 friends that I am comfortable hugging only because they insist on giving me a hug every time we part. I hate hugging my family most of all. I don't know why. I do love my family, I just feel very uncomfortable hugging them. I wish I didn't. When I was a teenager and...
    Scal92 Scal92 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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    Every time a person may show interest in me,

    it goes well and is exciting until they want to share an emotional connection with me. I love learning and hearing about people's lives and problems, but the moment someone wants to understand me at a deeper level, it's like someone throws water on a toaster. I immediately...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 24, 2014

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    Detachment

     If you grow up around people who are detached, you become cursed with detachment. 
    Whatusernameisavailable Whatusernameisavailable 18-21 2 Responses Jan 16, 2009

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    I'm at a point in my life,

    where I don't care about losing friends or relationships. I don't even speak to some of my family and to be honest I'm not losing any sleep over it. People come and go. It is what it is. I'm no here to chase people down and beg for their friendship or loyalty or compassion. If...
    BriannaElise BriannaElise 18-21, F Mar 26, 2014

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    I Don't Feel Important Feelings Anymore.

    A long time ago, when i was quite small, my grandmother died, and i remember the funeral, and sitting by her graveside, with the casket at the bottom, and i remember crying my eyes out. Her death meant something to me, something powerful, and i felt it.That is the last time i...
    MrWinstonSmith MrWinstonSmith 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 8, 2013

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    I Feel So Utterly Detached

    I've been ill recently, and no one has a diagnosis yet, but I just can't understand why I feel so detached, it all seems so unreal, through all the pain and worry, everyone is so worried but I'm just empty. I've started a course at university I am really enjoying but it doesn't...
    angryt angryt 22-25, F Nov 12, 2008

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    Related Experiences

    We realize the importance of something only before getting it or after losing. Cause when we have it, its "boring ". No matter how good it is. Mind wants to hop onto something else...
    om2013 om2013 22-25, M 1 Response May 12

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    I don't know what's wrong with me.... I talk to people, but I still feel lonely, bored and depressed. Is there a difference between simply talking to people and having a true...
    Umorella Umorella 18-21, F 5 Responses May 19

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    I haven't been feeling much in the last few days. What I do feel has been muted, almost hazy. Like feeling things through glass.
    KOOLKAT446 KOOLKAT446 13-15, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    Most mornings I wake to the stillness. I sit and feel my solitary, quietly beating heart, distinctly separate. Detached. The world feels murky, uncertain, burdensome. I can feel...
    Fluffystuff Fluffystuff 18-21, F 1 Response May 7

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    Hi I go by fruity punch on here.I would like to share personal experience that happen to me with my parents.When I was growing up I was emotionally abused and verbally abuse by my...
    Fruitypunch15 Fruitypunch15 31-35 May 14

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    I am lost... I recently reliesed that I am being emotionally abused by my mother. I know that saying I only reliesed this at 18 sound crazy, but to me the way she spoke to me and...
    Anonymous055 Anonymous055 18-21, F May 17

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    He forgot about me. Like legit dropped everything. He doesn't even acknowledge me. And that hurts. Everything was and is a lie. EVERYTHING that has happened.... He tries to forget...
    Latiaaaa Latiaaaa 16-17, F May 5

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    I've been experiencing detachment for many years, although I never realised that's what it was until recently. I experience dissociation a lot as well, one example is when I'm...
    rhiamia rhiamia 18-21, F 3 Responses May 8

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    I just don't know what to do anymore...so many things are crashing down on me at once, and I have no way to solve it! Everything's spinning in my head, and I just can't bear it all...
    MariosGirl95 MariosGirl95 18-21, F Apr 29

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    Hi I go by Fruity punch on here.I would like to share a personal story from my experience with my mother.Let me start back when I was younger for you to understand the emotional...
    Fruitypunch15 Fruitypunch15 31-35 1 Response May 13

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    It was a joke really... But it felt so real I mean at first I was laughing and joking but now I'm sitting here on the bathroom ground crying and thinking about what transpired a...
    AlmostEmpty AlmostEmpty 13-15, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    When i was bout 4 or 5, there was this teacher who came to my house to teach my sister mathematics. He used to sexually abuse me and my sister, he used to ask me to touch him...
    anonymousgirl2000 anonymousgirl2000 13-15, F 1 Response May 14

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    How do I know if my Dad is truly emotionally abusing me? I just feel so confused....I've hated him since I was at least 9 or 10. Truly hated him, with a cold fury. The trouble is I...
    HappyKitty18 HappyKitty18 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 30

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    I don't really want to go into detail... I feel like it's not really my place to talk about this... But my younger sister has emotionally manipulated me for as long as I can...
    ADawnS ADawnS 18-21, F May 15

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    I should have dropped out of school. I remember how happy I was when I was a young kid. I was very carefree and joyfully excited with life. Then school came along and has damaged...
    AnonymousGuineaPig AnonymousGuineaPig 22-25, M a week ago

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    Whenever I'm at school, I feel like I'm elsewhere. I could sit in a large room full of people, all talking to each other and trying to get my attention, and yet I just can't focus...
    ViperaStellaris ViperaStellaris 13-15, F May 1

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    For the second time as an adult, I've experienced what my Dad once referred to as a "Turn Key Life". However this most recent shift has been far more difficult to face and as the...
    FatoProfugus FatoProfugus 36-40, M 1 Response May 5

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    Everyone always talks about how they're heartbroken and how they struggle to move on. I see so many sad posts about people being left and how they can't get over a relationship...
    Skollon Skollon 18-21, F 2 Responses May 19

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    I haven't been on for quite some time cause i've been trying to work on my marriage, trying to make it better but it seems like no matter how hard I try it seems to stay the same...
    sufferin4life sufferin4life 41-45, M 2 Responses May 2

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    So I've been sleeping with a friend of mine and I've started to gain feelings for him (of course right?) but I really don't want these feelings. We are just friends and I don't...
    lukesdeadpenguin lukesdeadpenguin 16-17, F May 6

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    All of my brothers childhood, he had been beaten physically, verbally and emotionally, by my grandma. She would tell him he was a peace of **** and that he'd never be anything more...
    ShadowCatt ShadowCatt 18-21, M May 19

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    Im feeling restless... Emotionally... If that even makes any sense.. I wish I could explain how Im feeling but when I try, it just doesn't come out right..... Anybody else feel...
    deleted deleted 26-30 17 Responses a week ago

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    The struggle of being forced to attend a high school full of nothing but painful memories of incessant bullying is that, until graduation, I am stuck being forever lonesome. I...
    trewoqipuwt trewoqipuwt 18-21, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    It's like, when i get emotional, all i think of is love. Not familial love, but romantic. I love my family, but i can't connect. I hate talking to them about how i really feel...
    opiumm opiumm 16-17, F 3 days ago

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