Much in the same way that euphoria is a real state, although not a core emotion in and of itself, apathy is not a core emotion, either. Apathy can be described as an energy-less state of seeming indifference or lack of interest in much of anything. It can be the result of a complete overwhelm of unmanaged emotions that gradually spirals down into a shutting down of feeling and caring sensations. Interestingly enough, people rarely commit suicide when in a state of apathy – they don’t have enough energy!
This may be perceived by others as a seeming lack of concern about mental, emotional, physical, social, relational, spiritual, and health issues; as a lack of personal self-care (and sometimes as a lack of care for and toward others, including spouse, partner, children, work associates, and close friends). Over time and if not resolved, this state may lead to illness, addictions, disease, and even death.