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If Elena had no emotions, she is not going to feel anything at Matt's death. So why would his death suddenly make her feel?
When they talk about turning off emotions, I think it’s a really lousy euphemism for what they’re actually doing, which is repressing their emotions. The emotions are all still there, just buried under a “la-la-la, I don’t care” façade. It would explain why Robo!Elena would show emotions like anger, annoyance, boredom, etc. She’d let those emotions through, but kept a tight grip on the painful ones like sadness over Jerms’ death.
It was much clearer when they referred to this ability only as switching off her humanity. That said, this is how I understand it. You know when you, as a human are obsessing about something, you can sometimes tell yourself, "I'm going to stop dwelling on this, for now"? A vampire's shutting off his or her humanity is that ability to the 100th power (just like they feel emotions more intensely, they have a stronger ability to not feel them).
When humans put something out of their minds, eventually, that something creeps back into consciousness. Before we (humans) realize it, something brings to mind the thing we've set aside. Since Elena refused to flip her switch back to the on position, the Salvatores kept bombarding her with things that could make her feel before she had time to think about it. Matt's "death" did the trick.
Since Elena is Our Lady of Compassion, I think it's pretty elegant that they used Matt to make her feelings sneak back up on her. This is a boy for whom she literally died. The feelings run deep. And because he's human, in her normal state, she probably has a lot more compassion for him than she does for any of her supernatural friends, because he's so much more helpless than they.
Edited by Cindy McLennan, May 8, 2013 @ 11:00 AM.