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On emotions, or the lack thereof... - January 3rd 2011, 02:15 PM

Recently, this question has been creeping into my mind more and more.

I've noticed that I don't react the same way to things as most people do. Like, one of my friends will tell a genuinely sad, tragic story. Everyone else that hears it is obviously affected; I can simply shrug it off and proceed as if nothing had happened. I think that I'm simply not feeling it; I asked one of my friends about this, and she said that I was exceptional at controlling my emotions. That would have been a reasonable conclusion, except a lot of the time, I genuinely don't feel.

And I can typically fake it pretty well, to the extent that almost nobody around me notices. (I'm pretty good at faking in general -- one of my peculiarities that I will not be trying to express here.)

I'm pretty sure I'm not a sociopath. (I tend to be blunt sometimes. Actually pretty much all the time. Sorry if that offends.) After all, if I were, I probably wouldn't be worrying about this. But I can't help but wonder if there's something off about the way my brain is wired...? Am I legitimately unable to experience human emotion?

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Re: On emotions, or the lack thereof... - January 3rd 2011, 02:20 PM

If you really lacked any form of emotion and appeared normal on the outside, it would be classified as a form of psychopathy or sociopathy. However, this is rare; sociopathy is limited to about 3% of males. You may just experience feelings to a lesser degree than everyone else. But if you can truly say that you do not feel anything, then you might consider seeing a mental health professional about some sort of antisocial personality disorder. Even if you did have one of these disorders, it does not make you a bad or creepy person. It's just the way you are.

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Re: On emotions, or the lack thereof... - January 3rd 2011, 07:28 PM

I don't think I'm entirely incapable of feeling anything. I might just be less emotional than average -- much less emotional than average. (And that starts me on wondering what could have caused that. But that's my own problem now. :P)

I will admit with absolute honesty that APD is the only mental disorder that scares me to any degree -- and APD terrifies me.

If this keeps being a problem, I think I'll definitely go see a mental health professional and have him tell me whether there's anything wrong with me or not. For now, I can deal with it, so I just wanted some other opinions.

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Re: On emotions, or the lack thereof... - January 3rd 2011, 07:52 PM

I think you might be more logical than sentimental, and thus end looking and feeling well unfeeling. I should know since it happens a lot to me. And I don't think you're wired wrong I think your priorities are different. I don't think it's control of emotion I think you may be failing at grasping your emotions, as in they are there but you don't notice them much.

maybe you could take the MBTI personality test , it's really insightfull about the different types of people and pretty flexible but accuarate




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Re: On emotions, or the lack thereof... - January 9th 2011, 03:15 PM

I can be the same way, hear something really awful and not feel bad. I mean I want to but I don't understand what their feeling.
   
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