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 Symptoms of burnout include emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, lower self-evaluation (sense of personal accomplishment). Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "How COVID-19 Is Affecting Mental Health Practitioners," 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, "Why Doctors Should Organize," 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, "The Neuroscience of Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 While this is sound advice, homeowners can take the depersonalization process too far, Dr. Graham said. Diane Stopyra, New York Times, "When You Give Your House Keys to a Stranger," 16 Aug. 2019 Photo: IStock For some people, this system goes awry in a condition called depersonalization. Helen Thomson, WSJ, "Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains—and What We Can Learn From Them," 29 June 2018 This isn’t a necessarily a bad thing if that data is being used to make communication easier and faster, but there are questions about the depersonalization that might result. Madeline Buxton,, "Gmail Is Going To Help Us Write Our Emails — Is That A Good Thing?," 11 May 2018 Complicating matters, depersonalization also crops up frequently as a symptom of common mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Ruth Davis Konigsberg, Marie Claire, "What If Your Anxiety or Depression Is Actually "DDD"?," 10 Feb. 2016

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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 7 Jul. 2020.

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variants: or British depersonalisation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌpər-​snə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌpərs-​ᵊn-​ə-​lə-​ How to pronounce depersonalisation (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 depersonalise (audio) \ transitive verb depersonalized or British depersonalised; depersonalizing or British depersonalising

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