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A feeling of emotional detachment or estrangement from the perception of self, as if one were acting in a play or observing one's physical and mental activities from without. If it causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning, then it may be diagnosed as depersonalization disorder. See also alienation (3), delusion of depersonalization, out-of-body experience, self-estrangement. Compare derealization.

Subjects: Psychology.

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