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Is it alright to feel nothing? Is it wrong to feel numb? I don't always feel nothing, but when I do, is it wrong?

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Last Updated: 11/09/2021 at 5:24pm
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April 12th, 2015 9:10am
I always feel nothing, or numb to things. I have trouble expressing myself, if I even feel the emotions. I try to care more about the situation or feel it more, but most of the time I don't. I don't think being numb is good for you, but it isn't wrong either.
January 25th, 2015 4:16pm
It is NOT wrong. It's okay to feel nothing, it's okay to feel numb, just, don't forget to come back. Sometimes we need to get away, and we do that by feeling nothing, or feeling numb, it is a sort of solace, a quiet kind of peace, but we don't stay there forever
March 29th, 2015 8:37am
It is not okay to feel numb. In fact it is a sign that you've been hurt over and over again. And now you don't want to be hurt again.
November 23rd, 2015 9:12pm
I would tend to think that it is wrong to feel numb towards the world. Withdrawing from stimuli is a natural reaction in response to negativity. When we're feeling down, we often want to shut the world out, when what we really need to be doing is getting help, and letting the right people in. I think it would be a mistake to numb yourself to everything, when there is still so much beauty, compassion, and joy to be felt and had in this world.
September 11th, 2017 8:10pm
No matter what you're feeling, it's always alright. There is no 'wrong' in emotions as we can't control them. Sometimes you'll feel numb and even if you don't like it, it's ok and eventually will not last forever.
June 20th, 2016 9:24pm
Sometimes when we're exhausted from crying and feeling depressed, we become numb. When we have poured out all of our feelings we suddendly feel like nothing, and thats okay, its something we cannot fight against sometimes and we just gotta let it be
June 3rd, 2015 12:20pm
There's nothing wrong with feeling numb, and it might be more common than you think. I have some experience with that.
August 10th, 2015 2:19am
I dont think irs wrong to feel or feel. Being numbis just temorary and does not define who a person is. I gave found it to be how people cope with situations or emotions, so It's nit necessarily a goid ir bad thing it just is.
January 18th, 2016 3:59am
It is not okay. It's not right. You need to seek help. Plenty may have this happen but it being common place or a side effect of medicine for instance does not make it right or okay. Feeling nothing can cause many problems with yourself and others.
December 27th, 2016 4:20am
There is nothing wrong with occasionally feeling numb emotionally from time to time. For me, it happens when I am simply overwhelmed by everything going on around me.
July 28th, 2015 3:11pm
It's completely okay to feel so. Sometimes in life, to sort things out, you just got to stop and do nothing. :)
August 31st, 2015 1:25pm
The lack of emotions is one of many symptoms of depression. If you feel that this is affecting your daily life in a negative way, I would say that you should consider getting help.
December 8th, 2015 4:08am
What you feel is never wrong. So no it is not wrong to feel nothing or numb. Everybody feels that way sometimes.
July 11th, 2016 12:21pm
it isnt wrong whatsoever. its a typical symptom of mental illness like depression and you dont have control over it.
October 3rd, 2017 1:54am
It's alright. It's not wrong. Sometimes the world can be so busy and stressful that you just end up drained from everyday life. Take some time away from it all and remind yourself what makes you happy. Do things that you enjoy. And if that doesn't help, maybe talking to a professional therapist will.
September 25th, 2018 11:52pm
Of course it's alright! Please know that nothing we ever feel is a 'wrong' feeling to have. They are all a-okay. The 'wrong' thing to do is to act out on some of those feelings - like if you were feeling angry that wouldn't be a wrong feeling, but it would be wrong to hit someone. Does that make sense?
November 3rd, 2015 6:47am
It is in no way shape or form wrong. You just need to find something that sparks your interest, and I promise you will feel something again.
December 29th, 2015 4:05pm
It's not wrong to feel nothing. Everyone of us feels like they're nothing in this world at some point, numb and emotionless. However, you shouldn't let that feeling last. Try to engage yourself into hobbies you like doing. Listen to songs that focus on self importance and give you life. Lighten up your life before all the light in the world is taken away.
August 9th, 2016 2:09pm
It is ok. It is your mind protecting you from a flood of emotions that would otherwise be too much for you. Remember, it is normal when you feel overwhelmed.
August 30th, 2016 4:45pm
The numbness that I have felt makes me feel less human, but it is also a great help in times of severe distress. Although, if you are repressing your emotions to feel numb that will cause much more harm than good in the future. There are some things that just wont bother you like you think they should. We are all wired differently and handle situations in our own way. Some are overly sensitive and some don't react at all.
January 30th, 2017 7:12pm
It's not wrong to escape everything sometimes, but it can't get to the point that it affects others. Feeling numb and nothing sometimes helps, but sometimes it doesn't help the ones around you. Feeling numb makes you stop feeling and caring, so others can start feeling unnoticed or worthless. Just remind them as much as you can that you do care and that they matter.
April 4th, 2017 9:24pm
I think it is normal to feel nothing or numb if things are going on in your life that are uncommon. It is not wrong in anyway to feel that way. It is better that you know that you are alive and feel something, because you matter.
April 11th, 2017 5:59am
It's not wrong. You cannot help the way you feel. Emotions are difficult to understand sometimes, and when you are having rough times and feeling numb, rest assured you are not alone. There are people here on 7Cups who have experienced the exact same thing, and you will never be alone as long as you're here. :) It's never wrong to feel a certain way.
May 2nd, 2017 7:35pm
Of course it's not 'wrong', everyone feels numb sometimes. Even if you think you're feeling more numb than others or more often, that doesn't make it wrong. It just means your body has a different way to process things. The only thing that matters is if it bothers you or you wish you didn't feel numb.
January 16th, 2018 9:34am
It's not wrong . Sometimes when we're overwhelmed with feelings and emotions it leads to feeling numb or empty .
November 9th, 2021 5:24pm
It isn't wrong. Sometimes when our emotions get the best of us we tend to go numb as a way to cope with it. This causes you to feel nothing, and it is a normal response to an overwhelming amount of emotions. It comes and goes and it makes sense to not always feel nothing. It is a totally okay response to things and I think almost everyone has felt that way at some point in his/ her/ their life. Just like you can't control the emotions you feel, you also can't control when you do not feel emotions at all.