describes a pattern of self-preserving emotional insulation (indifference or detachment) adopted by many prisoners- of-war, for example, in an effort to maintain their mental stability.

APATHY SYNDROME: "A person suffering from apathy syndrome may have experienced a traumatic event that required that she or he detached him or herself emotionally in order to survive."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "APATHY SYNDROME," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/apathy-syndrome/ (accessed September 17, 2021).