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- n. Alternative spelling of depersonalization.
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- n. emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness
- n. representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality
- n. (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine
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Bifo gives a rigorous analysis of just how these effects are manifesting, through an attention to what he calls the depersonalisation and cellularisation of time: 'cells of productive time can be mobilised in punctual, casual and fragmentary forms.
"Sociologists feel that the unusual violence associated with crime here has to do with cultural 'depersonalisation' which has been the net outcome of the repression associated with apartheid.
The prosecutor will also now not be confronted with the International Committee of the Red Cross's stark conclusions about this programme pdf: "This regime was clearly designed to undermine human dignity and to create a sense of futility by inducing, in many cases, severe physical and mental pain and suffering, with the aim of obtaining compliance and extracting information, resulting in exhaustion, depersonalisation and dehumanisation."
I don't think it's really fair to say it's just a matter of Pratchett not liking shopping centres or muzak; I think, in fact, that he's making a far broader and more serious point here than he does in almost all his other novels - the 'gimmick' isn't shopping centres, it's depersonalisation and the advent of the hyperreal.
One of the tragedies with the current paradigms in the helping professions is the disdain and depersonalisation from “care-givers” to that people who need personal attendant services or other forms of assistance.
With the depersonalisation of this agency, the paring away of anthropomorphic characteristics, Dick escapes a literalist symbolism of divine and sentient beings to offer us a more realistic picture of this type of memetic entity, not a sentient being as such, but a simulacrum of one, a model and a program running in his imagination.
It is becoming increasingly difficult for a doctor to justify modern treatments because the high variability of human response coupled with the depersonalisation of mass medicine as it is practiced in large hospitals has created an atmosphere of fierce opposition to it in many people.
Where the religious would tend to personify the Mainframe as a God or as a pantheon of gods each with separate functions, I prefer the mystic's depersonalisation of that, the treatment of it as a non-anthropomorphised deep structure rather than a conscious being.
Under colonialism and apartheid domination African countries suffered the same political, economic, social and cultural domination, which led to the depersonalisation of sections of communities, falsification of their history, disparagement and negation of their moral and social values and cultural institutions.
According to Wikipedia: Burnout is a psychological term for the experience of long-term exhaustion and diminished interest depersonalisation or cynicism, usually in the work context.