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I Feel Emotionally Detached

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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'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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 1, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 4, 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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    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...
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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 5 days ago

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    I'm nothing but a useless space occupier, why does anyone even bother keeping me around?
    AmJordi AmJordi 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 3

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    I'm an awkward teenager from a very emotionally retentive family. It has bothered me my entire life that when I look at other families (my neighbors, my friends' families, TV...
    mystory1s2commonforaT1tle mystory1s2commonforaT1tle 16-17, M Feb 7

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    So I ran away a couple of days ago, and they made me come back (they= police and family). They said they were gonna change and so far that's bullshit. I am leaving when I turn 17...
    nomnommings nomnommings 16-17, F Feb 18

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    i am not feeling well. Spent the whole day in bed, in and out of sleep. I feel emotionally, physically drained. I'm trying to eat now and it's ok, not too stressful. But I don;t...
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    I feel emotionally swamped today...everything is an effort.. feeling happy, sad, nervous, depressed. The thought of having to interact with other people, to any degree makes me...
    noxeous noxeous 36-40, F 1 day ago

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    I'm 37, and I'm stuck in a 5 year old, horribly lonely marriage because I have a toddler and I'm unwilling to not have him with me every day. I know my husband will fight for...
    wheresmyrescueparty wheresmyrescueparty 36-40, F 1 Response Feb 16

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    So yeah I was.....how can a guy be in one you may ask.....well its damn easy when she is a complete narcissistic woman......I would wish this on my worst enemy......she gaslighted...
    huckleberrybunches huckleberrybunches 36-40, M 4 Responses Feb 15

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    I use to be! I wish I still was ... I can't cope with all these feelings! I used to be heartless, it was so easy for me to not care and one guy I was dating told me "it's not...
    AaliyahLove AaliyahLove 18-21, F Feb 18

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    OK. I am in love. I have given my all for this woman, and I am beginning to finally allow her to see inside of me for real. The real me. Without walls, without logical thinking...
    cloudsoflife cloudsoflife 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I have been in many emotionally abusive relationships, I am in one now even. I know it's me that picks them of course, I stopped believing in changing them. I can't cure them...
    beemer78 beemer78 36-40, F 4 days ago

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    My boyfriend is extremely neglectful. He doesn't pay attention to me. We have been in a volatile relationship on and off for the past 3 years. I have known him 6 years. We...
    gabagool gabagool 22-25, F Jan 27

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    Yeah, I was. I'm starting to realize how much this was true. It was emotionally abusive and very rarely became physical abuse. There was one time I was not giving into her demands...
    chimbie88 chimbie88 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 4

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    I was in an emotionally, verbally, and physically abusive relationship for nearly three years. I wrote and entire blog about what i went through, how i got out, and how i moved on...
    LifeofSchy LifeofSchy 18-21, F Feb 8

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    so its been like two weeks since i broke up with my bf who would emotionally abuse me. i didn't really think i was STRONG enough to let him go. but I'm glad my mom & cousins gave...
    AndreaaG AndreaaG 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    that feeling of betrayal never fully fades. when the trust has been broken and you feel as though nothing will ever change and your stuck in the middle and never know what is going...
    tragedyhappens tragedyhappens 22-25, F 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    I've been with him for almost 4 years now. When I think of it, I never felt loved in our relationship. Lately I feel like he's been taking me for granted. A week can pass without...
    Brego Brego 18-21, F 1 Response 36 mins ago

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    Why do I bother or make an effort with those who are not worthy of my time? Life is about serving and gaining but all I seem to do is serve for some form of acceptance from people...
    neurokitty99 neurokitty99 18-21, F Jan 31

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    I've been feeling very alone lately, I hope that putting my feelings out there will help in some way. I don't really have anyone to share my feelings with, I don't want people I...
    LD61 LD61 51-55, F 41 Responses Jan 31

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    Inside of me I have felt so much distress and anguish.. fear being the biggest issue of my everyday life. Imagine knowing that people can at anytime cause you pain and attempt to...
    Irishm4id3n Irishm4id3n 26-30, F Feb 16

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    I don't know if anyone else can relate to this. I find I can allow myself to care about someome in the moment if I want to but I can just as easily switch that off and hurt them in...
    taliaroger taliaroger 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    That girl. She was tired of being treated like ****, getting put last. She was tired of the mental, emotional and physical abuse, she tried to get away physically but he would let...
    deadgirlsfairytale deadgirlsfairytale 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 27

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    About two weeks ago now me and my then boyfriend got into and argument. We went to a friend of his birthday and were having a great time. We went over to the dance floor and were...
    chenchanlo chenchanlo 26-30, F Jan 28

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    Letting myself go means forgetting my feelings, devaluing my worth, comparing my existence with that of an inanimate, material object, left at your disposal. How could I have...
    cbnfvr cbnfvr 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 14

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    I have been single every valentines day, until this one. My boyfriend had asked me what I'd like to do earlier that week & for once I felt my heart speed up in excitement that I...
    gluestickruler gluestickruler 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 15

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    To feel wanted..You would think that being newly married (since Sept.27, 2013) I should not be feeling "unwanted". But I have been made to feel this way just 2 months into it...
    stupidwoman44 stupidwoman44 41-45 1 Response Feb 19

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    ...emotionally tired.phisically tired..i don't want to talk to anyone.
    Juri0902 Juri0902 31-35, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I know I'm an adult so the word doesn't really apply but I feel like an orphan. I never really knew my bio dad. I only met him once when I was 15. He died a few years ago from...
    Annamania1 Annamania1 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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