Emotional Withdrawal

Emotional withdrawal is classified as a lack of emotional connection to others and the inability to communicate due to a lack of desire as a means of control. Such a condition results when individuals endure lengthy periods of high levels of emotional trauma. One of the main causes of emotional withdrawal can be seen as an early stage of stress. Emotional withdrawal in context of war tends to be related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicide, violence, and the inability to cope with societal changes. War combatants’ prolonged exposure to aggression and various traumatic events increases the likelihood of the individual experience of emotional withdrawal.

Emile Durkheim’s version of the concept of “anomie” applies to war combatants who exist in the state of various degrees of ...

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