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Title: Our sense of reality and who we are depend on our feelings, thoughts, sensations, perceptions and memories.
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Our sense of reality and who we are depend on our feelings, thoughts, sensations, perceptions and memories. If these become ‘disconnected...


Our sense of reality and who we are depend on our feelings, thoughts, sensations, perceptions and memories.

If these become ‘disconnected’ from each other, or don’t register in our conscious mind, our sense of identity, our memories, and the way you see ourself and the world around us will change. This is what happens when we dissociate. Dissociation is sometimes actively encouraged in some forms of addiction treatments who use spirituality, gods, group therapy, buns, cakes,sweets and coffee all work but for a short amount of time.

It’s as if our mind is not in our body; as if we are looking at ourself from a distance; like looking at a stranger.

Everyone has periods when we feel disconnected. Sometimes this happens naturally and unconsciously. For example, we often drive a familiar route, and arrive with no memory of the journey or of what we were thinking about. Some people even train themselves to use dissociation (i.e. to disconnect) to calm themselves, or for cultural or spiritual reasons. Sometimes we dissociate as a defence mechanism to help us deal with and survive traumatic experiences.

Dissociation is also a side effect of some drugs, medication and alcohol.

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