Definition of Depersonalisation

1. Noun. Emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness.

2. Noun. (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine.

3. Noun. Representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality. "According to Marx, treating labor as a commodity exemplified the reification of the individual"
Exact synonyms: Depersonalization, Reification
Generic synonyms: Objectification
Derivative terms: Depersonalise, Depersonalize

Definition of Depersonalisation

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of depersonalization) ¹

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Medical Definition of Depersonalisation

1. Alteration in the perception of the self so that the usual sense of one's own reality is lost, manifested in a sense of unreality or self estrangement, in changes of body image or in a feeling that one does not control his own actions and speech, seen in depersonalisation disorder, schizophrenic disorders and schizotypal personality disorder. Some do not draw a distinction between depersonalisation and derealisation, using depersonalisation to include both. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Depersonalisation

depending on(p)
depersonalisation (current term)
depersonalisation disorder
depersonalisation neurosis
depersonalization disorder
depersonalization neurosis
depersonalization syndrome

Literary usage of Depersonalisation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Studies in Humanism by Ferdinand Canning Scott Schiller (1907)
"(3) The ' depersonalisation' which is regarded as characteristic of an ' independent' ... The ' depersonalisation,' therefore, which is postulated for Logic ..."

2. Basic Concepts in the Methodology of the Social Sciences by Johann Mouton, H. C. Marais (1988)
"... and perception of these difficulties by elderly patients may create psychosocial problems for them in the form of feelings of depersonalisation. ..."

3. Educator Workload in South Africaby Linda Chisholm by Linda Chisholm (2005)
"It is most strongly and directly related to role conflict and emotional exhaustion and also accounts for increases in depersonalisation of students. ..."

4. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1905)
"... subliminal modality, appear to the consciousness as having occurred a long time previously. Heymanns (Eine Enquête über depersonalisation und "Fausse ..."

5. Authority in the Modern State by Harold Joseph Laski, ( (1919)
"That is true not less of the House of Commons, of Congress, of the French chamber, than it is of an industry which has largely suffered depersonalisation. ..."

6. Natural Rights: A Criticism of Some Political and Ethical Conceptions by David George Ritchie (1903)
"The economic tendency is, on the whole, towards the concentration and depersonalisation of capital : the company with salaried officials replaces the ..."

7. A Text-book of Psychology by Edward Bradford Titchener (1910)
"This loss of meaning, once more, may appear on the grand scale in the state known as depersonalisation. There are moments of unusual depression or lassitude ..."

8. Hermathena by Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) (1907)
"... blending the Infinite Law-maker with subject spirits, ends in the depersonalisation and demoralisation of both God and Man. But only for a while. ..."

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