What happens when we hear shocking news? When the news is unexpected, when we have no time to prepare ourselves, when we have no opportunity to rehearse or accustom ourselves to a big change – we can be shocked. Shock can be the response to bad news, like an unexpected accident or death, but shock can also occur as a reaction to good news, like winning the lottery.
The results of shock are often:
1. feeling physical sensations, such as a punch, uneven breathing, or falling down.
2. experiencing a sense of unreality – it isn’t happening. Your mind is saying, ‘no’.
3. slowness in comprehending the news or confusion.
4. numbness of emotion; not feeling very much at all.
These are involuntary, protective responses. your mind cannot absorb the magnitude of the change so you take it in a little bit at a time. Don’t worry when this happens; the reaction is normal and you will slowly (it might take weeks) comprehend the reality of the news.