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I Feel Emotionally Detached

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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'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 am emotionally detached so I don't really show emotion much to begin with but when I feel something like happiness or sadness I can close off or put a wall up and no one will...
    Shireene92 Shireene92 16-17, F 1 hr ago

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    To use the humble word "deeply" is so very extremly inept of the knowledge inside of the actual depth that it's only at best an insult.But.... Alas, for the sake of humanity's love...
    LadyGallivanter LadyGallivanter 41-45, F 5 hrs ago

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    When I was 14 I was raped by two men. confused at first i thought they were being nice considering one of them I had known for years. they dehumanized me and left me with scars not...
    aforms26 aforms26 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I just wonder whether it all matters Would anyone notice if I disappeared? This stuff is so ugly so unflattering. I feel so high strung so high geared. I'm barely a ripple in...
    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm 23. I have two kids. I'm engaged (when she feels like it). I completely ****** up my life. I had every hope in the world. I was 19, tall, very handsome, and a generally...
    Superg507 Superg507 22-25, M 3 days ago

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    I am tired of investing myself in the very few I felt I was close with and have them take everything out of me for their own needs, and not caring about mine...not that I ever ask...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F 3 days ago

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    not so much as emotionally or spiritually or even physically ( just ate 7 slices or pizza ) but i just don't feel alright , not because of the pizza lol
    jontony jontony 18-21, M 4 days ago

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    And sexually abused. The sad thing is when I want to talk about it with someone they dismiss me so easily because I'm male. Physically abused? I should have 'manned up' and fought...
    LukasMeoww LukasMeoww 16-17, T 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    A lot of times I will pretend that everything is OK in my life even when it is not. I have always felt like I have to be strong emotionally because no one in my family has ever...
    danielle1357 danielle1357 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    Im so sexually frustrated. My husband has no desire and I want it all the time. Yet he is always around so its hard to have self pleaure which he thinks is dirty. For me, I need...
    Alwayswantingmore15 Alwayswantingmore15 36-40, F 21 Responses 6 days ago

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    my thinking differs from what my heart and gut feels.....the tug of war with one~self is an extremely unpleasant experience
    miimii0069 miimii0069 26-30, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    "I need this." "I need that." "Can you so this for me?" "Now don't complain, we're all tired." "You're just a being lazy," and it goes on. I constantly sacrifice myself emotionally...
    lilabyjay1978 lilabyjay1978 36-40, M Aug 27

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    When i was 13...i don't know if anyone will read this i just feel i need to get this in writing because i have told only my therapist and my dad. My therapist didn't help much, and...
    Sawke Sawke 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 27

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    Firstly, I have always known somehow I had a gift to sense the emotions of other people as if they were my own. I can also sense any feeling when someone really *wants* something...
    AngelicLights AngelicLights 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 26

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    I feel as if I am a different person living inside somebody else's body. I simply use this body as a tool to get what I want, but the true 'me' is using this body as a shell - a...
    bloodandsoap bloodandsoap 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 26

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    To my brother After everything I have been put through, I get messages from my brother or some idiot acting like him. I sent the audios that I have posted. Apparently he thinks...
    letters2mymother letters2mymother 41-45, F Aug 25

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    I don't always feel alone in my marriage, but at the moment and numerous other times I do feel alone. I suffer from PTSD, and my wife and I both have anxiety and depression issues...
    Frankenzombie Frankenzombie 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 25

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    My dad controls my life, and he enjoys it. He belittles me, insults me, makes me feel insecure about myself. He gets angry over small things and I feel like i'm always walking on...
    Mayurichi Mayurichi 13-15, T Aug 24

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    Big decision to make and I need some advice. So allow me first to give you some background. I first met my wife not too long after a really bad heartbreaking relationship where I...
    TiredDaddy TiredDaddy 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 24

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    Big decision to make and I need some advice. So allow me first to give you some background. I first met my wife not too long after a really bad heartbreaking relationship where I...
    TiredDaddy TiredDaddy 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 24

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    After this terrible week, I'm finally feeling better. Well emotionally, physically not so much. Hopefully I'll soon be able to get up off my bed.
    CaptainBlake CaptainBlake 18-21, F Aug 22

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    Speaking it out loud would sound more than a little needy, or selfish, or attention seeking. But on EP i hear it's okay. But i wondered many times what is this strange feeling I...
    stabbedtoceasersalad stabbedtoceasersalad 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    The worst type of crying isn't the loud and continuous wave of crying. It's the crying where you can only manage one or two tears but you still have the feeling of crying... just...
    emslife emslife 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 21

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    When I was younger, my dad was my hero. He was caring, loving, and he always made me feel appreciated. Then, my freshman year of high school started and he changed. He became...
    lcooper7768 lcooper7768 18-21, F 2 Responses