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

Examples of depersonalization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Derealization and depersonalization refer to feelings that the external world and your own self, respectively, are unreal. John Horgan, Scientific American, 14 June 2022 The end clients experience the depersonalization of the acquiring firm. John Pierce, Forbes, 7 June 2022 For Kusama, the depersonalization experienced in these rooms has a moral significance. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Giving up four hours of depersonalization for 160 hours of feeling like myself is worth it, to me. Nylah Burton, Travel + Leisure, 3 Apr. 2022 Even her title, My Body, suggests conflicting things: ownership and depersonalization. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 11 Nov. 2021 Along with depersonalization and emotional exhaustion, it’s one of the three primary signs of burnout. Anna Codrea-rado,, 9 Sep. 2021 As for relationships, look out for depersonalization and becoming easily irritated or resentful towards loved ones. Josh Felber, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 According to the Maslach Burnout Inventory, burnout occurs when three factors are present at the same time: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a diminished sense of personal accomplishment. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 See More

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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 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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