Some people, for many reasons, become jaded. Also, just because someone does not show it on the outside (or learns to control the outward ex<x>pression) does not necessarily mean they are not still just as emotional on the inside.
Yes it is possible. If a person has been hurt or disappointed too much that they feel the need to protect their heart from anymore pain. <br />
I remember telling my therapist that I could not feel love for anyone anymore. I knew rationally that I loved my family and friends but I could not feel it. This made me very sad at the time. That I had opened up my heart and been treated badly many times. <br />
Over the past two years I have been able to feel love once again. I do not know if this was a conscious choice or just a letting go of past hurts? The difference with me is, that during that time of the deadening of my soul, I did not strike out in an angry way to others. That was a conscious choice I know.<br />
It is sad that your friend is going through this. By protecting his heart in this way he is losing out on possible love and happiness.
It's purely a defence mechanism. Who know how they feel inside.
Speaking from a personal perspective....yes. I shut my emotions down and put walls up a lot. I act like things don't get to me and I am not really hurting or struggling when really I am.<br />
It is self protection. I will always be emotional at heart but I learn to hide that when I feel it is necessary and needed.
When I was a freshman in college, I decided not to speak to anyone unless it was absolutely necessary---it was a strange experience....It didn't take long to get really lonely..so I gave up the "Universal Silent Treatment" lol
Yes it is a pscological defense mechanism to keep from getting too close to people, getting hurt, or being vunerable.
The best thing is to be unemotional, since because humans have emotions, they know love which gives birth to pain, hatred and revenge. This will keep going in this cursed world.<br />
Without emotions this world will be much better.
The person isn't learning to control their emotions when they do this....they are killing their emotions. It isn't long before they become what is known as cold, distant, and hardhearted. They are on a road to destruction because they are killing their soul. It should give you the creeps!