depersonalization(redirected from depersonalization syndrome)
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tr.v. de·per·son·al·ized, de·per·son·al·iz·ing, de·per·son·al·iz·es
1. To deprive of individual character or a sense of personal identity: a large corporation that depersonalizes its employees.
2. To render impersonal: depersonalize an interview.
de·per′son·al·i·za′tion (-sə-nə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
1. the act or an instance of depersonalizing
2. (Psychiatry) psychiatry an abnormal state of consciousness in which the subject feels unreal and detached from himself and the world
Pathological loss of contact with reality.
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|Noun||1.||depersonalization - emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness|
depersonalisation, depersonalisation disorder, depersonalisation neurosis, depersonalization disorder, depersonalization neurosis
dissociative disorder - dissociation so severe that the usually integrated functions of consciousness and perception of self break down
|2.||depersonalization - (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine|
existential philosophy, existentialism, existentialist philosophy - (philosophy) a 20th-century philosophical movement chiefly in Europe; assumes that people are entirely free and thus responsible for what they make of themselves
|3.||depersonalization - 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"|
objectification - the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing