Is it possible for a person to stop feeling emotions?

I was raped a couple months ago, Since then, along with other unfortunately events that have occurred, I have been having trouble feeling emotions. It's almost as if I'm a sociopath lacking any feeling. What can I do to change this?

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Sociopaths don't know they are sociopaths.

Clearly, you realize you have pretty deep emotions and have lived through several severely distressing situations.

Your sense of self may be protecting for a while until you recover the practical aspects of daily life and feel some sense of predictability and stability in your life.

Knowing and feeling disturbing emotions which rupture basic trust that other people are safe, is itself a raw process.

Yes, it is possible to become numb emotionally.   The good purpose is to protect you from additional hurt.

When your inner world feels itself ready, more of your emotions from the recent distressing events will be accessible.

If many months pass and you see no progress, then definitely consider a few sessions with a therapist who would be able to guide you to become more open to your feelings.

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

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