from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of depersonalizing.
- n. The state of being depersonalized.
- n. Psychology A state in which the normal sense of personal identity and reality is lost.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act of depersonalizing or the state of being depersonalized
- n. the loss of one's sense of personal identity
- n. A feeling of being unreal, detached or unable to feel emotion
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality
- n. emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness
- n. (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine
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The depersonalization was his subtle way of expressing his low opinion of the individual.
The study cites evidence that such isolation can produce “the most extreme forms of psychopathology, such as depersonalization, hallucination, and delusions.”
We use fancy words like "depersonalization," but what we are really getting down to is a view of too many pieces of society that treats human beings like commodities.
Getting information from a live person suits me fine, but, with the increasing depersonalization of communications involving commerce, with the endless message menus, I wonder just how much longer that will be possible.
"Psychological effects include intense visual hallucinations, depersonalization, auditory distortions and an altered sense of time and body image."
- The Maslach Burnout Inventory, which screens for emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and lack of personal accomplishment.
However, social critics also claim that Facebook engenders depersonalization, fake "friends," and erosions of public/private distinctions.
• And minimizing emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and feelings of low personal accomplishment Grayson & Alvarez.
The way we use the Internet today represents not only an organized attack on the space of consciousness per se but also a mild form of depersonalization. . .
Some of us are chilled by the advent of drone warfare -- yet one more technical advance in the depersonalization of killing -- but as I think about the sort of reporting that evinces no curiosity about such warfare, that simply and bloodlessly disseminates its results, I realize that "drone reporting" has been going on for a long time.
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