Today’s Word of the Week is depersonalization, chosen because I have, over the last several months, begun to feel more and more disconnected from my body, the world and life in general. As such, I wished to take a look at what depersonalization is as well as how the brilliant artists on deviantART and Flickr have interpreted the subject.
Depersonalization (or depersonalisation) is an anomaly of self-awareness. It consists of a feeling of watching oneself act, while having no control over a situation. Subjects feel they have changed, and the world has become vague, dreamlike, less real, or lacking in significance.
Individuals who experience depersonalization feel divorced from their own personal physicality by sensing their body sensations, feelings, emotions and behaviors as not belonging to the same person or identity. Often a person who has experienced depersonalization claims things seem unreal.
It is the third most common psychological symptom, after feelings of anxiety and depression.
~ Wikipedia ~
“Louise often feels like part of her is “acting.” At the same time , “there is another part ‘inside’ that is not connecting with the me that is talking to you,” she says. When the depersonalization is at its most intense, she feels like she just doesn’t exist. These experiences leave her confused about who she really is, and quite often, she feels like an “actress” or simply, “a fake.”
~ Daphne Simeon ~
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