By Isabel Fernández | LVSJ

Nothing completes us, discouragement is the protagonist, we feel that we are missing something even when we have everything and nothing seems to make sense in our life. It is about emotional emptiness, a feeling very similar to what can be experienced when we look into a deep well.

Sadness can appear in various stages of life, but what can change is the way you express it. Why is this happening to us? How to change? When to consult a professional? The Degree in Psychology, María Emilia Gobbo (MP-6876) explained that this emptiness “It can be associated with the feeling of sadness or emotional pain.”

In dialogue with THE VOICE OF SAN JUSTO provided details about this feeling, warned of the risks of filling it with harmful behaviors and advised asking for help by consulting a psychologist or psychologist “When the sensation is persistent, the coping modalities result in greater suffering for the person or when the sadness exceeds the own resources to face the pain”.

What is the emotional void? Why do we feel it?

Every emotion has a cause or origin, sadness is usually related to the loss of something important -a bond or something material-, the feeling of not achieving desired vital goals, loneliness, disappointment on the part of an emotionally important person , suffering from a chronic illness, etc. The causes of sadness are innumerable, but the common factor that all of them have is the loss of something valuable to a human being. Sometimes the feeling of emotional emptiness can be associated with a mental health condition, such as depression or borderline personality disorder.

Lic. María Emilia Gobbo

How do we behave when we feel it?

Every emotional state is accompanied by a cognitive dimension (what a person thinks and how he perceives reality), a behavioral dimension (what a person does) and a physiological dimension (how he feels in the body). Usually the emotional emptiness manifests itself in apathy, loss of interest in daily activities, lack of motivation and loss of the capacity for enjoyment. On a behavioral level, the feeling of emptiness can lead from social isolation to self-harm, in the most severe cases. Physiologically, it can be associated with sensations of tightness in the chest or a “knot” in the stomach. Each person has their own strategies for coping with emotional states. These strategies will depend on our genetic predisposition and on how we learned to regulate our emotions from a young age, how we learned to calm down and be soothed by our caregivers.

What consequences can feeling this emptiness have on our mental and physical health?

The greatest risk of the feeling of emptiness lies in trying to fill it with some harmful substance or behavior, for example drug or alcohol use, binge eating, compulsive gambling, work addiction, etc. These are failed pleasure-seeking strategies, they generate a momentary feeling of euphoria or well-being, followed by a greater sense of emptiness and damage to the body.

How do we make it disappear?

Making it disappear is not the best strategy. Every emotion appears for a reason, sadness can be related to some past or present traumatic situation, and it also has a message. Every emotion comes to show us that there is some need that we have to deal with, which is why making it disappear can be counterproductive. The first step is to get in touch with the sadness, to accept that it is there. Asking for help is very important, being able to share the feeling with another person, a sincere and deep talk and a warm hug can be very restorative. Acceptance and asking for help can involve a change in perspective in relation to an intense emotion.

By Isabel Fernández | LVSJ

Nothing completes us, discouragement is the protagonist, we feel that we are missing something even when we have everything and nothing seems to make sense in our life. It is about emotional emptiness, a feeling very similar to what can be experienced when we look into a deep well.

Sadness can appear in various stages of life, but what can change is the way you express it. Why is this happening to us? How to change? When to consult a professional? The Degree in Psychology, María Emilia Gobbo (MP-6876) explained that this emptiness “It can be associated with the feeling of sadness or emotional pain.”

In dialogue with THE VOICE OF SAN JUSTO provided details about this feeling, warned of the risks of filling it with harmful behaviors and advised asking for help by consulting a psychologist or psychologist “When the sensation is persistent, the coping modalities result in greater suffering for the person or when the sadness exceeds the own resources to face the pain”.

What is the emotional void? Why do we feel it?

Every emotion has a cause or origin, sadness is usually related to the loss of something important -a bond or something material-, the feeling of not achieving desired vital goals, loneliness, disappointment on the part of an emotionally important person , suffering from a chronic illness, etc. The causes of sadness are innumerable, but the common factor that all of them have is the loss of something valuable to a human being. Sometimes the feeling of emotional emptiness can be associated with a mental health condition, such as depression or borderline personality disorder.

Lic. María Emilia Gobbo

How do we behave when we feel it?

Every emotional state is accompanied by a cognitive dimension (what a person thinks and how he perceives reality), a behavioral dimension (what a person does) and a physiological dimension (how he feels in the body). Usually the emotional emptiness manifests itself in apathy, loss of interest in daily activities, lack of motivation and loss of the capacity for enjoyment. On a behavioral level, the feeling of emptiness can lead from social isolation to self-harm, in the most severe cases. Physiologically, it can be associated with sensations of tightness in the chest or a “knot” in the stomach. Each person has their own strategies for coping with emotional states. These strategies will depend on our genetic predisposition and on how we learned to regulate our emotions from a young age, how we learned to calm down and be soothed by our caregivers.

What consequences can feeling this emptiness have on our mental and physical health?

The greatest risk of the feeling of emptiness lies in trying to fill it with some harmful substance or behavior, for example drug or alcohol use, binge eating, compulsive gambling, work addiction, etc. These are failed pleasure-seeking strategies, they generate a momentary feeling of euphoria or well-being, followed by a greater sense of emptiness and damage to the body.

How do we make it disappear?

Making it disappear is not the best strategy. Every emotion appears for a reason, sadness can be related to some past or present traumatic situation, and it also has a message. Every emotion comes to show us that there is some need that we have to deal with, which is why making it disappear can be counterproductive. The first step is to get in touch with the sadness, to accept that it is there. Asking for help is very important, being able to share the feeling with another person, a sincere and deep talk and a warm hug can be very restorative. Acceptance and asking for help can involve a change in perspective in relation to an intense emotion.

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