Detachment describes being unable to make emotional connections with others. This can occur naturally because of a person's innate interaction skills or can be a deliberate decision of avoidance. Detachment is a very common trait for people with anxiety disorders and may be a way to distance oneself from future stressful situations by maintaining emotional distance from others. If detachment is deliberate people may remove themselves from stress inducing situations in order to avoid the emotional impact it has on them. An example of deliberate detachment is someone who avoids a dramatic and troublesome friend who typically elicits a negative reaction. By remaining detached from the emotional demands of the friend the person is avoiding possible negative scenarios where they are stressed.

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