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depersonalization

Definitions

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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Examples

  • The depersonalization was his subtle way of expressing his low opinion of the individual.

    The Alibi

  • The study cites evidence that such isolation can produce “the most extreme forms of psycho­pathology, such as depersonalization, hallucination, and delusions.”

    Primary Sources

  • 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.

    Clovis News Journal : News

  • 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.

    Being Connected « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • "Psychological effects include intense visual hallucinations, depersonalization, auditory distortions and an altered sense of time and body image."

    Students ordered held in case of suspected drug lab at Georgetown

  • - The Maslach Burnout Inventory, which screens for emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and lack of personal accomplishment.

    Study: Freedom more important to happiness than wealth

  • However, social critics also claim that Facebook engenders depersonalization, fake "friends," and erosions of public/private distinctions.

    Adam Elkus: Facebook and the Database Society

  • • And minimizing emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and feelings of low personal accomplishment Grayson & Alvarez.

    Sean Slade: Relationships Matter

  • 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. . .

    Pay Attention, Please

  • 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.

    Robert Koehler: Drone Reporting

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