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

Medford, Nick (2012) Emotion and the unreal self: depersonalization disorder and de-affectualization. Emotion Review, 4 (2). pp. 139-144. ISSN 1754-0739

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper was written in collaboraton with and supported by the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School at the University of Sussex
Keywords: depersonalization, emotion regulation, subjective experience, functional MRI
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical Medicine
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0309 Consciousness. Cognition Including learning, attention, comprehension, memory, imagination, genius, intelligence, thought and thinking, psycholinguistics, mental fatigue
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > RC0346 Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system Including speech disorders
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R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ0370 Diseases of children and adolescents > RJ0499 Mental disorders of children and adolescents. Child psychiatry. Child mental health services
Depositing User: Hazelle Woodhurst
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2013 08:58
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7251

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