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The Circumplex Structure of Depersonalization/Derealization

Author(s): Robert Sacco

Journal: International Journal of Psychological Studies
ISSN 1918-7211

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2010;
Original page

This paper presents a literature review to determine whether precipitating causes of depersonalization (DP) andderealization (DR) correspond to the circumplex model of emotion defined by the dimensions of valence andarousal. DP/DR precipitators are reviewed and classified in relation to the four quadrants of the circumplexmodel of emotion. The findings indicate that the valence and arousal dimensions were significant predictors ofemotions expressed in DP/DR precipitators. Implications are discussed with respect to the multidimensionalnature of DP/DR, clarifying normal and abnormal DP/DR, and identifying needed areas of research.
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