Depersonalization

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depersonalization

[dē‚pərs·ən·ə·lə′zā·shən]
(psychology)
Loss of the sense of one's identity or of reality concerning the self.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Depersonalization

 

a disturbance of the consciousness of self, a feeling of alteration of the ego.

Depersonalization is a symptom of several mental illnesses (schizophrenia, cyclothymia, psychasthenia, epilepsy). It is manifested by a feeling of the personality’s loss of unity of self, a split in the personality, and estrangement from one’s own thoughts and actions; it is usually combined with de-realization. Therapy for depersonalization involves treatment of the primary disease.

Depersonalization also refers to standardization of the human being by the conditions of life in contemporary capitalist society and so-called mass bourgeois culture.

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