Meaning of depersonalization in English:


Pronunciation /diːˌpəːs(ə)n(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/


(also British depersonalisation)
mass noun
  • 1The action of divesting someone or something of human characteristics or individuality.

    ‘We oppose the depersonalization that reduces human beings to the status of things.’
    • ‘The Beatles wanted to turn away from the comfortable and reassuring familiarity that is the essence of pop music and stardom, and instead confront their audience with strangeness and a kind of depersonalization.’
    • ‘Starting especially in the 1940s observers of Los Angeles began viewing this self-conscious culture of the hard sell in terms of commodification and depersonalization.’
    • ‘And here you have the classic components of what Kelman called ‘crimes of obedience’: authorisation, de - sensitisation, and depersonalisation.’
    • ‘The dialogue participates in this uneasy sense of dislocation, being composed of vocabularies that effect various degrees of depersonalisation.’
    • ‘The downside is that the process of putting people into categories leads to depersonalisation.’
    • ‘As a metaphor for the depersonalization of industry, the 1957 film Desk Set pitted humanity against automation as the central quandary of modern civilization.’
    • ‘The findings in the literature led us to expect certain patterns of relationships between emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, supervisory support and intentions to quit.’
    • ‘These results suggest that a careful look at supports available to nurses to combat the negative impact of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization are clearly indicated.’
    • ‘It brings home the reality of hunger, depersonalization, belonging, and optimism experienced by refugees.’
    • ‘Burnout has been defined by Maslach and Jackson as a tripartite syndrome comprising emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment.’
    • ‘One exception is the ‘man in white,’ a soldier wrapped entirely in bandages, so emblematic of depersonalization that it was unclear to hospital observers whether there really was anyone inside.’
    • ‘Utopian enthusiasm promises enlightenment and community but it also risks exploitation, depersonalization, and megalomania.’
    • ‘The mean depersonalization score for New Zealand teachers was significantly lower than for their US counterparts, reflecting a low degree of burnout.’
    • ‘Extended altruism puts much of traditional war making in question, for it entails refusing to accept hate-based identities and depersonalisation of the official enemy.’
    • ‘More importantly, the art shown in ‘Minimalia’ bears little trace of the will to depersonalization and the tendentiousness often detected in American Minimalism and Conceptualism.’
    • ‘In a poem about humility, she writes, with her usual reserved mildness - misread, at times, as detachment and depersonalization - that she would rather think of humility than anything else.’
    • ‘Such depersonalization heightens group members' perceived similarities and attenuates their perceived differences, reducing the detrimental effects of categorical diversity.’
    • ‘Another finding of interest was that nurses who worked in the different critical care units in rotation experienced higher feelings of depersonalization than did those who always worked in the same unit.’
    • ‘Teachers may be at greater risk for depersonalization because their daily work life often includes large doses of isolation from their professional peers.’
    1. 1.1Psychiatry A state in which one's thoughts and feelings seem unreal or not to belong to oneself.
      ‘Part of it measures five symptom areas: amnesia, depersonalization, derealization, identity confusion, and identity alteration.’
      • ‘The patient's mental status was marked by confusion, hostility, paranoia, agitation, and depersonalization.’
      • ‘There are a few disorders of self-awareness, such as schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, autism, depersonalisation disorder.’
      • ‘Marijuana also accounts for many mental disorders, including panic attacks, flashbacks, delusions, depersonalisation, depression and uncontrollable hostility.’
      • ‘This suggests that your underlying depressive illness has not gone away completely, and this might also explain why you continue to feel the distressing symptom of depersonalisation.’