What Is Emotional Numbing And What AreThe Signs?

Severe emotional distress and trauma can lead to a psychological defence known as emotional numbing. Emotional numbing occurs when our conscious experience becomes so overwhelmingly, mentally painful that our feelings, in effect, ‘switch themselves off;’ the result is a kind of psychological ‘escape from reality – a reality which has become too terrible to tolerate. Those who experience […]

Do You Have Depersonalization Disorder? The Symptoms.

Depersonaliztion Disorder Symptoms : We have already seen that the experience of severe trauma can lead to us reacting (although it is a reaction created by unconscious processes, not a reaction we deliberately choose, of course) by developing a psychological defence mechanism known as depersonalization , which produces in us a sense of ‘unreality’ – as if […]

Depersonalization: How Trauma Can Leave Us Feeling ‘Unreal.’

  One of the (myriad) symptoms of my illness can, perhaps, be best conveyed by the following example: I would look at a beautiful view, such as the sun setting on the horizon of the sea near where I live, but feel nothing. Whilst most people would feel their spirits lifted, glad to be alive, even […]

Childhood Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociation.

Childhood Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Dissociation. I have previously published articles on this site articles explaining the connection between childhood trauma and borderline personality disorder (BPD). An important symptom of BPD is DISSOCIATION, which this article will examine in greater detail. Dissociation is generally considered to be a COPING MECHANISM in response to severe […]