withdraw into oneself

withdraw into (oneself)

To retreat into one's mind or otherwise isolate oneself so as to avoid undesirable thoughts, situations, or interactions with people. After getting mugged, he withdrew into himself and didn't speak to anyone for nearly a week. I'm not good around large groups of people. I usually get overwhelmed and just withdraw into myself. Don't withdraw into yourself just because you don't want an argument—talk to me!
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withdraw into oneself

to become introverted; to concern oneself with one's inner thoughts. After a few years of being ignored, she withdrew into herself. I have to struggle to keep from withdrawing into myself.
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the temptation to subjectivism, to withdraw into oneself. This is theologically well known as incurvatio in seipsum, the radical alienation from oneself and from God, which today has to be observed as the common but helpless answer to the complex claims of a highly differentiated modernity.