shut down emotionally

shut down emotionally

To become unable or unwilling to articulate or engage with one's emotions; to become numb to one's emotions. Martin basically shut down emotionally after his divorce—he's absolutely terrified of getting hurt again. Please don't shut down emotionally. You've got to tell me what you're feeling, or else I just can't help you.
See also: down, shut
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