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n. (alternative spelling of depersonalization English)

  1. n. emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness [syn: depersonalization, depersonalization disorder, depersonalisation disorder, depersonalization neurosis, depersonalisation neurosis]

  2. (existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in a stupid social machine [syn: depersonalization]

  3. 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" [syn: depersonalization, reification]

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A host of other, simpler, defence mechanisms put to use by the parent are likely to obscure the predominant use of projective identification: projection, displacement, intellectualisation, depersonalisation.