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Emotion and the unreal self: depersonalization disorder\ud and de-affectualization

By Nick Medford


Depersonalization disorder is a psychiatric condition in which there is a pervasive change in the quality of subjective experience, in the absence of psychosis. The core complaint is a persistent and disturbing feeling that experience of oneself and the world has become empty, lifeless, and not fully real. A greatly reduced emotional responsivity, or ‘de-affectualization’, is frequently described. This article examines the phenomenology and neurobiology of DPD with a particular emphasis on the emotional aspects. It is argued that the study of DPD may provide valuable insights into the relationship between emotion, experience, and identity

Topics: BF0309, RC, RC0321, RC0346, RC0435, RJ0499
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Year: 2012
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