dissociation

Definitions of dissociation
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n the act of removing from association

Type of:
separation
the act of dividing or disconnecting

n a state in which some integrated part of a person's life becomes separated from the rest of the personality and functions independently

Synonyms:
disassociation
Types:
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compartmentalisation, compartmentalization
a mild state of dissociation
dissociative disorder
dissociation so severe that the usually integrated functions of consciousness and perception of self break down
depersonalisation, depersonalisation disorder, depersonalisation neurosis, depersonalization, depersonalization disorder, depersonalization neurosis
emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness
fugue, psychogenic fugue
dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who they are and leaves home to creates a new life; during the fugue there is no memory of the former life; after recovering there is no memory for events during the dissociative state
multiple personality, split personality
a relatively rare dissociative disorder in which the usual integrity of the personality breaks down and two or more independent personalities emerge
Type of:
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
(psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

n (chemistry) the temporary or reversible process in which a molecule or ion is broken down into smaller molecules or ions

Type of:
chemical action, chemical change, chemical process
(chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved

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