de·​per·​son·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌpər-snə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce depersonalization (audio) , -ˌpər-sə-nə-lə- \

Definition of depersonalization

1a : an act or process of depersonalizing
b : the quality or state of being depersonalized
2 : a psychopathological syndrome characterized by loss of identity and feelings of unreality and strangeness about one's own behavior

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Recent Examples on the Web Along with dissociative amnesia and depersonalization/derealization disorder, DID is one of three types of dissociative disorders, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) explains. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 20 Apr. 2021 The new paper uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study amnesia, along with various other dissociative experiences that are often said to occur in the wake of severe child abuse, such as feelings of unreality and depersonalization. Joshua Kendall, Scientific American, 6 Apr. 2021 The piece is a protest against depersonalization, and indeed mortality itself, that pulses with life. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021 Those symptoms generally fall into one of three buckets: emotional exhaustion, impact to personal accomplishment, and depersonalization, or feeling disconnected from one’s self. Pratibha Gopalakrishna, STAT, 9 Sep. 2020 Symptoms of burnout include emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, lower self-evaluation (sense of personal accomplishment). Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 23 May 2020 Doctors now face a burnout epidemic: thirty-five per cent of them show signs of high depersonalization, a type of emotional withdrawal that makes personal connections with their patients difficult. Eric Topol, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2019 People with dissociative psychiatric conditions such as derealization or depersonalization syndrome report that their perceptual worlds, even their own selves, lack a sense of reality. Anil K. Seth, Scientific American, 27 Aug. 2019 While this is sound advice, homeowners can take the depersonalization process too far, Dr. Graham said. Diane Stopyra, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of depersonalization

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Depersonalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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variants: or British depersonalisation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌpər-​snə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌpərs-​ᵊn-​ə-​lə-​ How to pronounce depersonalization (audio) \

Medical Definition of depersonalization

: the act or process of causing or the state resulting from loss of the sense of personal identity especially : a psychopathological syndrome characterized by loss of identity and feelings of unreality or strangeness about one's own behavior

Other Words from depersonalization

depersonalize or British depersonalise \ (ˈ)dē-​ˈpər-​snə-​ˌlīz, -​ˈpərs-​ᵊn-​ə-​ How to pronounce depersonalization (audio) \ transitive verb depersonalized or British depersonalised; depersonalizing or British depersonalising

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