Apathy as a Defence Mechanism

I’m in a good mood today. I don’t think I’ve ever thought that in my entire life. Something good happened and I’ll just leave it at that. Being happy and being apathetic is pretty mutually exclusive so this messes with my apathetic style of living.

I choose not to care too deeply about anything. Being apathetic made me immune to disappointment. Some of it is by choice, but a lot of it is conditioned into me by being constantly let down. There are a lot of things I truly don’t care about and it feels good to be unaffected by them. When I choose not to care about something, I can never reach full apathy, but it still helps a lot in reducing disappointment. When I’m not emotionally invested in something, I have no fears or worries about losing it. Being emotionally un-invested in life made death a lot less scary.

My life generally sucks a lot so my apathetic ways were actually very functional and practical. In a twisted way, it kind of sucks that I experienced some happiness and have something to look forward to because now I have to work so hard live and I’ll probably be spending a lot of time regretting all the time I’ve wasted. I guess I’m a textbook example of a pessimist.

4 thoughts on “Apathy as a Defence Mechanism

  1. I wouldn’t say I’m apathetic, but I sure have lowered my standards. And ‘cynic’ always sounds better than ‘pessimist.’

    Sure you won’t share your success, whatever it is, and give us all some hope?

    • In my mind, cynic is more like opposing another person’s view by taking the negative side and pessimist is more inwards toward oneself. But I think this is one of those cases where I somehow change the definition of the word cause I don’t think cynical means what I just wrote, lol.

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