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While there are a few definitions of emotional amnesia, it is most commonly regarded as the inability to associate emotions with certain events. Alternatively, the person may still be able to recall the emotions associated with the memory, but those feelings are significantly numbed. Unlike amnesia the memories are still able to be recalled as other memories may be able to, with only emotions being impacted.
Emotional amnesia has been described by some as feeling numb or disconnected about what is happening around you. However, this is more often described as dissociation rather than emotional amnesia.
Emotional amnesia has also been described as emotional lag. Where, when recalling memories it may take a couple of seconds to recall the emotions that are associated with those feelings.
Plurality[edit | edit source]
In relation to plurality, emotional amnesia is most often associated with OSDD or other types of systems who do not have distinct amnesia between them. It is described as headmates being able to recall the actions that other headmates have done, but having no emotional connection to their actions. This may be compared to watching a movie where one can observe what is happening but not feel the emotions of the recorder or characters.
Borderline Personality Disorder[edit | edit source]
Emotional amnesia is most often associated with borderline personality disorder (BPD) outside of plural circles. It usually described how a person with BPD may forget emotions associated with a certain person when they split from said person. This is seen as a defense mechanism to protect the person with BPD.