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    Was sitting in my university library and looked over at a student who was slumped out drained on the table and it made me question if i was happy or not.

    I tried to get in contact with my emotions but i couldn't feel anything i wasn't happy but i wasn't sad. and my constant strive to better myself surely indicates i am not content.

    When i left school i felt nothing

    On the day my exam results came out i had done very well yet i felt nothing.

    on the day i left home for uni i didn't feel anything

    Is this an issue and what does it say about me?


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    I feel like that a lot too, I tried councelling for a bit but it didn't really help. You could try speaking to someone about it and see if it helps.

    At the time I felt like I wanted to change paths in life and go do something radically different. I have other complex personal issues though .


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    hmm i don't think i have complex personal issues, i am a bit of a loner but that is because i prefer my own company.
    I don't think it requires councelling it is just a strange sensation having no emotion.
    I also noticed a tendency that when i achieve a goal i experience more relief that happiness...

    what strategies do you use i_feel_tiredsleepy?
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    i find myself with the same feelings (or lack there of)

    i belive it started with me surpressing emotions to get through things, then became harder to get rid of the longer i did it. till bout a year ago, some people "forced me" to care, after a while the emotionlessness began to go away.

    i really dont know if its the same thing

    anyway, the point is

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    Lack of feeling emotion can come from physical exhaustion, becoming overwhelmed and feeling 'burnt out' as can often happen within a stressful lifestyle.

    Usually it's only temporary and what you need is obviously some rest! (Ha easier said than done!)

    But there is an actual medical condition where people can't actually feel or express any emotion. I can't remember what it's called. I will have a look & post it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by organic god
    Was sitting in my university library and looked over at a student who was slumped out drained on the table and it made me question if i was happy or not.

    I tried to get in contact with my emotions but i couldn't feel anything i wasn't happy but i wasn't sad. and my constant strive to better myself surely indicates i am not content.

    When i left school i felt nothing

    On the day my exam results came out i had done very well yet i felt nothing.

    on the day i left home for uni i didn't feel anything

    Is this an issue and what does it say about me?
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    Some people just aren't very emotional.

    TV is madness. I mean, would you engage the McDonalds cashier with jolly song & dance about your giddy love for cheese and bacon?

    Some people thrust out more show than real feeling.


    Me personally, I don't get depressed about things either, so it balances. But I dramatize for children... very clownish.
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    When i graduated from college, I didn't jump for joy. I didn't even attend the ceremony.. Well, I just felt like ----- nothing...

    It happens to me every now and then.

    True, it could be because of physical or mental stress. Or maybe just you mood swing took a dayoff.


    I'm not sure, I wanna know.. Have you experienced extreme mood swings? So happy today, so Sad tomorrow? something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolEJ
    When i graduated from college, I didn't jump for joy. I didn't even attend the ceremony.. Well, I just felt like ----- nothing...

    It happens to me every now and then.

    True, it could be because of physical or mental stress. Or maybe just you mood swing took a dayoff.


    I'm not sure, I wanna know.. Have you experienced extreme mood swings? So happy today, so Sad tomorrow? something like that.
    Yes I've experienced mood swings, but they are often a reaction to external events combined to how i'm feeling inside.

    I have very strong emotions sometimes and actually feel emotions physically. Oddly enough I feel all emotions in the same place, in my stomach and solar plexus.
    If the emotion is very strong it can be quite excruciatingly painful and sometimes make me physically sick, especially if it's an upsetting or distressing emotion.

    I have tried to stop these sensations with thought control and relaxation exercises but to no avail once they have begun, that's it!

    I will probably keel over & die with a heart attack one day!

    I've asked other people if they feel emotion physically in their stomach like me, and some do and some don't. It's strange!
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    hmmm.. I'm this way too. Very emotionless, that's my caracter, very rational.

    But I tend to feel empty when i'm exausted like intense work for 2-3 weeks and no real rest on off days(1 day a week). I guess it's exaustion + not eating well makes me be this way.

    It's not healthy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absum!
    Oddly enough I feel all emotions in the same place, in my stomach and solar plexus.
    If the emotion is very strong it can be quite excruciatingly painful and sometimes make me physically sick, especially if it's an upsetting or distressing emotion.

    I have tried to stop these sensations with thought control and relaxation exercises but to no avail once they have begun, that's it!
    I treat those like sneezes. Don't stifle, rather, go with them. Hm... I've never met another who consistently sneezes with pronounced vigor two or five times in succession.

    Sometimes I feel a sort of emotional burp. I think it's just the need to exercise the function, like... well, jerking off. It might feel like an involuntary giggle rising, out of absolutely nothing but accumulated potential. So, let it out.
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    Maybe you're becoming one of those big-scenario people where everything seems trivial in contrast to the manitude of lie and existence.

    Or maybe you're becoming a vegetable. :P jk jk

    *alexithymia is a condition related to an inability to express one's emotions as a result of not understanding them. Those who have the condtion usually appear very stoic and tend not to react in what would be considered a "normal" way, and they probably won't understand when others do react "normally."

    Do you think the above applies to you?
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    no i understand emotions and why people do react in certain ways,

    just relative to me they are incredibly overdramatic, like " YOU TALKED TO MY BF WHEN I WASN'T THERE ZOMG RAGE!!!!"

    this is an extreme example but it did get me some nasty looks when i told her to "stfu about pointless high school drama"
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    Young people are susceptible to these kind of feelings because they are in a shelter as a child and even through teenage years. All of a sudden you are thrown into this dog eat dog world, and the only way out is to turn off to it.

    The feeling of helplessness is the feeling that makes us angry. If we can't control something, or feel like we control it, we anger because we know it is something that should go our way. Usually that anger comes from feeling like you do actually have the ability to do something about it. I'm sure it comes from the old days in hunter gatherer times. Where we'd see people in stress, or someone hitting on your woman, or man. You see threatening towards your potential carried on genes, so use anger as a way to confront it. Sort of a fight or flight response I suppose. But when you are helpless and cannot do anything, either way. You are used to feeling pain, and you can't do anything about it, so you just turn off.
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