When you’re in a stressful situation, you might be able to cope better with your pain by becoming aware of what’s causing your discomfort. Pain is often defined as a negative signal sent to the central nervous system. It can be felt in one area or spread throughout your body. When you pinch or squeeze something, the nerves send messages to your brain.
People experiencing emotional numbness often try to numb themselves from the pain. This is a common defense mechanism, and it may even lead to avoidant behaviors such as avoiding certain types of people and places. But emotional numbness has serious consequences and can have a lasting impact. While it may give relief in the short-term, it can negatively impact your relationships.