Feelings of Unreality: A Conceptual and Phenomenological Analysis of the Language of Depersonalization

  title={Feelings of Unreality: A Conceptual and Phenomenological Analysis of the Language of Depersonalization},
  author={Filip Radovic and Susanna Radovic},
  journal={Philosophy, Psychiatry, \& Psychology},
  pages={271 - 279}
The paper offers a conceptual and phenomenological analysis of the language of depersonalization. The depersonalization syndrome or disorder has no known common pathogenesis and shows no characteristic behavioral manifestations. A conceptual analysis of the key terms in the subjective complaints would therefore have consequences for clinical research into the phenomenon of depersonalization. Characteristic reports of depersonalization symptoms are arranged according to their conceptual and… 

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