Being emotionally vacant is a defense mechanism. A child who lives in a family where both parents suffer from addiction, for example, can seem emotionally vacant which is also referred to as detachment.
I’ve met adults who are like this, too. They seem to have no feelings or they seem to skate the surface of life without ever getting into any kind of deep conversation or intimacy in a relationship. Try to ask them something more intimate than the weather and they’ll shut down.
This can be a learned behavior, a type of survival mode.
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