The phenomenon of depersonalization

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By Geraldine Emiliani

In medicine, the phenomenon of depersonalization is known as the state of some patients with mental disorders in which they feel strange to themselves, your own body and your environment, and due to their progressive depersonalization they have to be admitted.

In society that involves the coexistence and joint activity of a group of people in an orderly and organized manner, This phenomenon of depersonalization is also known as the loss of individuality of a person or groups of people.

And this is where the term "massification" appears., in which man becomes a token conditioned by the mass, so he meekly submits to the influences that come from outside his "inner self".

Therefore, their motivations are external, many times oblivious to their own convictions. As a result of this, man degrades or even allows himself to be corrupted. For example: read the press because their headlines catch their attention, the unfolding of the news (external value) and not because the news itself interests you (own value); dresses with what is fashionable; follows a type of music because it is what everyone likes or because it is what is heard through the media.

All previous, they are just examples of external values ​​elaborated and created to satisfy everyone and to respond to the most elemental instincts of man, not as a person, but rather, as part of an undefined or imprecise audience.

Overcrowding and external values

Overcrowding is the phenomenon that depersonalizes man, atrophy your reason, diminishes your capacity for reflection and deprives you of your freedom. This is characterized, also, because under the protection of the mass, the individual abandons his responsibilities, your free initiative, their autonomy, even his loyalty to the country.

Overcrowding constitutes one of the greatest threats to personalizing socialization, Man's life is a conscious project and healthy socialization originates from his free and personal adherence to the community's goals and from the blind adoption of external values. In fact, any phenomenon that interferes with this reality depersonalizes the individual.

There are many factors in contemporary reality that contribute to the phenomenon of overcrowding: congestion of the population in cities; homogenization of residential complexes; the social and cultural pressures that generate the so-called “mass culture”; economic needs that influence the unification of tastes, consumption habits and patterns, and the need for information and communication and the consequent influence of the press, Radio, television, internet and social networks.

The sense of belonging

Each human being must think for himself and make his decisions according to his criteria. You belong to yourself and you are the owner of your conscience and because no person should dream, amar, to sense, to plan, and less reason for another. Y, if this is so, then he is a slave of that.

It cannot be denied that each person has within themselves a "sense of belonging": To a family, to a school, to a religion, to a nation, and we are part of a national identity, of a way of being and of a culture. Why does the sense of belonging? This is because, first for safety, each individual should feel better and more secure when they are part of a community.

Secondly, we like to occupy a position in a group because we are accepted, and because we are interested in sharing thoughts, attitudes and opinions with others and be recognized for it. As long as they trust you, the more confidence you will have in yourself.

When the citizens of a nation do not have a sense of belonging, social cohesion is non-existent and society destroys itself. Without a sense of belonging, you lose your individual and social security, and resignation incarnates mentally in you. When this happens, the person lives according to and submits to someone's will and renounces their principles and rights and is characterized by docility, surrender and submission, in a nutshell, you become useless.

The nature of the change

That is why it is essential that you know how to distinguish when something can be changed and when it cannot.. It is obvious that you should not resign yourself to living without progress. Your destiny or future will be higher if you work and strive to achieve it.

The opposite would be to accept that nothing changes, and that you live condemned so that things remain as they are, in this case, resignation would lead you to exist under permanent frustration, do not look for alternatives, cancel or keep the level of your aspirations very low, feel powerless over everything, underestimate you, be pessimistic, and live with a learned hopelessness.

Domination, manipulation and resistance

The human being has the ability to resign and recover for the damage caused by nature and even for experiencing personal misfortunes, but when it comes to your core values, you should never resign because in the finals it is very difficult for you to recover.

You must never renounce the right to life, to freedom, to improve, to be happy and to live in peace, history teaches us that when a people renounces their identity they lose strength, cohesion, and is easily dominated or manipulated by other external powers, politicians, economic, and commanded by a person and his servile.

Instead, peoples with strong identity like Japan, Israel, Germany, Palestine, resist whatever, but nevertheless, the sense of belonging is important, without falling into racism and fanatical nationalism.

Therefore, when we talk about human rights and the intrinsic values ​​of humanity, the word resignation does not fit, it has no validity. Then it is time to resist and to have the courage to change what we have to reform or change., whatever it takes.

A final analysis

This does not suggest that man returns to individualism; it is about integrating into society without renouncing their individuality, to participate in social life consciously, free and responsible, with a vigilant and critical spirit, with permanent reflection and that has a balance between their interests and the group they represent.

I conclude then that the person by his individual and social nature is called to realize the potential of his interiority to the maximum through a process of personalized socialization., that allows you to be an active and participant member of the community, without giving up his personal and patriotic identity.

Geraldine Emiliani, Clinical psychologist, Family and Couples Therapist.