Depersonalization in the Face of Life-Threatening Danger: An Interpretation

  title={Depersonalization in the Face of Life-Threatening Danger: An Interpretation},
  author={Russell Noyes and Roy Kletti},
  journal={OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying},
  pages={103 - 114}
Depersonalization is a frequent reaction to life-threatening danger. As an adaptive pattern of the nervous system it alerts the organism to its threatening environment while holding potentially disorganizing emotion in check. As a psychological mechanism it defends the endangered personality against the threat of death and, at the same time, initiates an integration of that reality. And, as a meaningful experience, a mystical elaboration of the phenomenon may achieve spiritual significance… Expand
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