34 Quotes About Being Emotionally Numb


Dealing with an onslaught of emotions from pain, guilt to loss can be traumatizing. Sometimes turning numb is the best way for some to cope. Here are some great quotes about being emotionally numb that are encouraging.

“And though the coldness I have always felt leaves me, the numbness doesn’t and probably never will. this relationship will probably lead to nothing… this didn’t change anything. I imagine her smelling clean, like tea…”

“At such moments the collapse of their courage, willpower, and endurance was so abrupt that they felt they could never drag themselves out of the pit of despond into which they had fallen.”

“Being heartbroken doesn’t mean you stop feeling. Just the opposite — it means you feel it all more.”

“Better to feel nothing, to be numb, than to lose control. It’s the only way I know to deal with it.”

“Certain parts of me became a little bit forgotten, a little bit numb, a little bit dead, and it was nice to have some dead places in me for a little while, to lose a little bit of my broken mind.”

“Detachment is not the absence of emotion, it is the process of becoming one with the Oneness that is the Universe.”

“Dissociation gets you through a brutal experience, letting your basic survival skills operate unimpeded…Your ability to survive is enhanced as the ability to feel is diminished…”

“How much had I missed in these months of despair and numbness?”

“I don’t sleep. I just let my body lie itself into numbness and lie to myself that I can’t hear, see, or feel anything.”

“I just let the pain take over, allowing it to numb the pain of being left behind.”

“I lean to you, numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here.”

“I lived my grief; I slept mourning and ate sorrow and drank tears. I ignored all else.”

“I was last. Sam walked up and held me for a long time. Finally, she whispered in my ear.”

“I’ve perfected the art of the fake smile. It’s not so difficult when you are completely numb.”

“In the dead of night I stirred. Wakefulness flowed back into me. I was a cup full of sorrow, but that sorrow was stilled, like a pain that abates as long as one does not move.”

“Nothing else you want to do after all your dreams come true.”

“Oddly, the burned hand didn’t seem to hurt much anymore; it was only numb. It would have been better if there had been pain. Pain was at least real.”

“Playing a fool is the best paid role.”

“She had been defeated by herself alone, and the sadness of it left a dark shadow in her heart. It further sapped her confidence and left her ever more withdrawn, ever more capable of suppressing her feelings.”

“Some attribute had departed from her, the permanence of which had been essential to keep her a woman.”

“Sometimes my helpless blood runs numb and, if only for a second, I forget how frail bones can be.”

“The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered.”

“There are endings. There are beginnings. Sometimes they coincide, with the ending of one thing marking the beginning of another.”

“There was no other way to say it. After being heartbroken for so long, I had made myself completely numb inside. Maybe not from physical pain, but anything emotional, yes.”

“We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from another’s vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.”

“When the black thing was at its worst, when the illicit cocktails and the ten-mile runs stopped working, I would feel numb as if dead to the world.”

“When the thin line between love and hatred faded away completely, madness sprang back to life inside the numb hearts.”

“While you numb, nuts are chasing pokemons, I’ll be chasing the money.”

“You become a house where the wind blows straight through, because no one bothers the crack in the window or lock on the door, and you’re the house where people come and go as they please, because you’re simply too unimpressed to care.”

“You know, I think the people I feel saddest for are the ones who once knew what profoundness was, but who lost or became numb to the sensation of wonder, who felt their emotions floating away and just didn’t care.”

“You think being dead inside is bad until someone brings you back to life and stabs you in the chest without the intention of killing you.”

“Your instincts may tell you that you can’t survive if you experience feelings. But they are leftover child instincts. They’re the ones that first told you to freeze your feelings.”

“You’ve become numb. You shouldn’t have ever stopped dreaming.”

“You’ve faced horrors in these past weeks… I don’t know which is worse. The terror you feel the first time you witness such things, or the numbness that comes after it starts to become ordinary.”

Finding a way to get above the onslaught of emotions is the best way to find a path to healing.

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