Student Project &
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Student Project &
Research Symposium

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Student Project &
Research Symposium

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Student Project &
Research Symposium

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College Center Ballroom
Unintentional Versus Intentional Derealization and Depersonalization
My Tien Phan
Date:
April 22nd, 2022
Division:
Visual and Performing Arts
Department:
Mentor:
Angela Plunkett
Mentor's e-mail:
aplunkett@occ.cccd.edu
Author's e-mail:
mphan82@student.cccd.edu
Presentation Slides
Abstract:

Derealization and depersonalization are types of dissociation associated with feeling detached from reality or that your thoughts and feelings are unreal or not your own. Upon researching the topic, I noticed common causes for these experiences could be separated into two categories - unintentional and intentional. Derealization and depersonalization can be a response to experiences the brain can't currently handle, like high stress or trauma. Opposed to these unintentional factors, there are also intentional dissociations through means of psychoactive substances or sensory overstimulation. I wanted to find a possible correlation between how both these groups felt towards the experience, even if the cause is different. In a survey made for people to communicate their experience, only 11.7% of respondents considered it to be positive, yet over half would still like it to happen again. Of the 12.7% who intentionally coaxed this state of mind, their reasons were wanting to take a moment to breathe, be free from environment and/ or emotions, or feel more mindful. Of 74.6% of respondents who unintentionally experienced it, 40.5% said yes or maybe to wanting to try achieving this headspace again due to curiosity or for an escape. This indicates that although not fun, both people who had unintentional and intentional experiences prefer feeling nothing over an overwhelming environment or amount of emotion. Through artistic means, I represented this same "feeling" that both groups experienced even if their path to get there was vastly different.

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