Definition of Depersonalization

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: Depersonalisation, Reification
Generic synonyms: Objectification
Derivative terms: Depersonalise, Depersonalize

Definition of Depersonalization

1. Noun. the act of depersonalizing or the state of being depersonalized ¹

2. Noun. (psychology) the loss of one's sense of personal identity ¹

3. Noun. (psychiatry) A feeling of being unreal, detached or unable to feel emotion ¹

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Medical Definition of Depersonalization

1. An 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. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Depersonalization

depersonalisation disorder
depersonalisation neurosis
depersonalization (current term)
depersonalization disorder
depersonalization neurosis
depersonalization syndrome

Literary usage of Depersonalization

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

1. Supervising Child Protective Services Caseworkers by Thomas D. Morton, Marsha K. Salus (1995)
"depersonalization As staff become more and more detached, they may develop a callous ... This behavior marks the second aspect of burnout—depersonalization. ..."

2. Entropy and Alchemy: The Problem of Individuality in an Age of Society by Edwin Stuart (2003)
"... Eight: The depersonalization of Life 1. Motorcity Machines are an extension of the body ... depersonalization ..."

3. At the Hour of Death by Karlis Osis, Erlendur Haraldsson (1997)
"For example, depersonalization was emphasized by Noyes and his ... Table 3.1 COMPARISON OF depersonalization AND OBE depersonalization Observing self ..."

4. Educator Workload in South Africaby Linda Chisholm by Linda Chisholm (2005)
"depersonalization refers to the development of negative attitudes and ... Maslach and Pines (1977) identified depersonalization as 'a very cynical and ..."

5. Human Behavior: In Relation to the Study of Educational, Social, and Ethical by Stewart Paton (1921)
"Clinicians have called our attention to the fact that, when there is a marked degree of depersonalization, the patients seem to be incapable of vividly ..."

6. Concepts of Philosophy by Alexander Thomas Ormond (1906)
"The logical result of the two methods is two different types of pantheism; the Hellenic which is not pure since the depersonalization is never completely ..."

7. Violence in South Africa: A Variety of Perspectives by Elirea Bornman, René Van Eeden, Marie Wentzel (1998)
"The social, economic and political situation consequently created the ideal climate for the depersonalization and stereotyping of members of outgroups. ..."

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