... even temporarily. If so, do you know of any ways to shut off emotional pain?
Most Helpful Guy
I very much agree with NearlyNapping. Shutting off your emotions is a very possible event. I have successfully done this. However, and this is a huge HOWEVER, you need to understand what this means. Emotion is not only a part of being human it is a large part of both the human experience but also a means by which we all communicate (expression). If you think about it, it is the way we as babies know when our parents are happy, sad or other. To be sure this is before we can use language, but we still understand what these subtleties mean and the value they have. Unfortunately when you shut off one emotion, odds are you will also kind of shut off all other emotions. I say this because due to the amount of energy it takes to cut off one emotion the effect usually then overwhelms all other emotions as well. Once you have achieved your goal, while it is true you will be very effectively clad in your emotional "armor" and it will be very hard for others to hurt you, you will also be living in a very cold, emotionless, and ultimately LONELY world. People will describe you as cold, robotic, stoic, angry, intimidating, and will largely not want to have anything to do with you. Again, yes your emotions are "protected" but this comes at a price, and given the energy it took to achieve this goal, it also takes as much if not more energy to reverse the process, and while I have had some successes in recovering your emotions and humanity, I have still been described as emotionally efficient. So while I now have a healthy and meaningful relationship with my wife, I still find it hard to let people "in" to let them get to know me. Just know, it is possible but the price to be paid is high.5
- Show AllShow Less