Emotional disengagement is a pattern of response, typically to negative emotional experience, that attempts to deny, suppress, or mask those resulting negative feelings. It can be manifested in a number of behaviors, but the goal is to remove oneself from the unpleasantness of those emotions, regardless of the consequences. This entry examines emotional disengagement, its associated behaviors, and their consequences.


When one discusses emotion, sometimes referred to as affect, the first difficulty in understanding it is to find an appropriate definition. This can be a challenge as there are many ways to describe what emotion is and not all of them align. Adding to the challenge is the qualitative classification of emotions as “good” or “bad,” which is also highly subjective. It seems that when ...

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