When You Detach From the Self

Written by Angela Atkinson

Are you feeling emotionally numb after narcissistic abuse? This might be why!

This video was made in response to a request from someone in a recent weekday morning chat, who asked why she felt like she was completely detached from the world, including her Self.

My response? I think she’s dealing with a C-PTSD complication called dissociation – two symptoms of which include depersonalization and derealization. This can be accompanied and even partially caused by depression and anxiety.

One of the most commonly reported side-effects of being abused by a narcissist in a relationship of any kind is C-PTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and one of the most common ways this can manifest in the victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse and gaslighting manipulation is in the form of dissociation.

Dissociation on a metaphorical level looks a lot like being a passenger in a car rather than the driver. Like, you’re seeing all of the turns and the journey, but you’re just along for the ride. The ride is happening TO you rather than you choosing the route.

In this video, I’ll fill you in on why we detach from ourselves after narcissistic abuse and traumatic experiences, and how we started doing it in the first place. Plus, I’ll tell you how dissociating is your brain’s way of saving itself during the trauma of physical and psychological abuse. Plus, I’ll start explaining how you can begin to deal with it so that you can stop feeling the painful emotional numbness that comes with it and start living your life again.

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