Numbness refers to a tingling feeling of fleeting paralysis. It is seldom painful, usually experienced in the extremities.


Since numbness is usually felt in the legs, hands, or arms, it is emotionally linked with doing. You may experience numbness if you are anxious about something and refuse to acknowledge it, or if you are trying to hide your sensitivity. Numbness can be a physical manifestation of this suppression. You're preventing yourself from being the sensitive person that you are and are letting your anxiety get the better of you.


Numbness is a direct and simple message from the body to acknowledge what you are feeling. It is telling you to stop deluding yourself, to confront your fears about admitting your feelings whether to yourself or someone else. Also, examine whether or not your anxiety is justified. Pay attention to the part of the body that is numb. If, for example, you experience numbness in your feet or legs, what is keeping you from moving forward, taking a step or taking a stand on a particular issue? If the numbness is in your hands or arms, what is it you are afraid to reach for? What is it you refuse to grasp? If the numbness occurs in another area of the body, determine what that particular area of the body is used for in order to understand the corresponding psychological blockage. Acknowledge your right to make decisions about what you need to do now (hands or arms) or what you are planning to do (feet or legs).

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