harris goldberg

Depersonalization in Pop Culture

I found this in Wikipedia recently and was quite surprised by some of the pop culture representations of depersonalization. For instance, I have not read Ellis’ American Psycho, and am not certain if the author clearly understands depersonalization; I will report back on that one.

I’d also like to emphasize that depersonalization (in the neurological/medical sense I discuss on this website) has nothing to do with the philosophy of existentialism such as in Sartre’s book
Nausea; this is briefly noted in the article that follows but this has never been discussed adequately in any literature I have come across.

Depersonalization also has nothing to do with Buddhist enlightenment. I will discuss this misunderstanding re: enlightenment in another entry. There is tremendous confusion surrounding this assumption as well.