I was watching a programme on Hoarding. After a family meeting the psychologist remarked that he didn't think the people could help each other because of "emotional disconnect" between them. I was interested to know more and came upon the following article.
....we've all come across people who seem completely dissociated from their emotional bodies. To us, they feel jarring because on the outside they appear normal, happy, and even like they have it all, but on the inside, they look hollow and empty.
Some interesting points from and intuitive's point of view.
Even if they are not conscious of their emotions, the emotionally dissociated person is still experiencing anger and disappointment, but it's slowly accumulating to a critical mass. Eventually their souls will lead them into dramatic or even risky behavior in an attempt to wake them up. This moment of personal crisis, (sometimes mid-life crisis) while messy and painful for everyone around them, can lead to major transformative healing. Emotionally dissociated people, when forced into their inner selves by losing the career, relationships, and image with which they identify, confront the deep unworthiness and self hatred that led them into taking on a persona in the first place. This is actually the best thing that can happen to them. They begin to see outside themselves clearly and understand the effect their actions have on the others around them. They feel true remorse and regret and realize they are not their persona. Finally, they are in touch with their hearts and do not take others for granted. They are still highly motivated individuals, but now the achievement oriented behavior is for self improvement and joy.
I can understand how an "emotionally dissociated person" could feel a sense of unfulfillment - leading to anger at the the persona of an "achiever" that they've taken on.
In real life, I don't think I've ever come across many who have come to this huge change in their lives. Sounds more like a subject of a book or a film. An example might be Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, who starts out not so nice and turned out to be a lovely sensitive man in the end, full of remorse for the "persona" he had projected at the beginning of the book. Is this our wishful thinking, that people like this are going to change so radically?