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Sometimes, when we are faced with overwhelming physical and emotional demands, we do go "numb." And sometimes, going numb is a healthy defensive mechanism that will allow us to go on. Vigilance, honesty and clarity are called for, however, in the face of numbing. We don't want to fall into the seduction of "not feeling." Healing is always a delicate interplay of forces much like the homeostasis within the body's chemistry: a little bit of bacteria is a good thing; too much causes infection.