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Different Perspective on Humans

It seems my DP has shifted gears on me, and now I'm thinking of how awkward and strange it is to be a human. Sometimes I look at other people, and they look different--as if I am an alien observing the human race. It is like they lost something. Or perhaps I have lost something...

It doesn't last long, as it is fleeting, and I must dwell on it to make it appear. It can be quite disappointing to be talking to your beloved mother, and you suddenly start to see her beautiful face change and lose it familiarity. Dehumanization sounds more accurate than depersonalization!

What have you guys done to overcome this? Is it inherent with DP itself, and cannot go away on its own?

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Many things with dp looks different, but to me many things looked different when i was without dp. People to me looked like sticks (to me with dp). Running arround everywhere and doing nothing real, mostly, in their cells. They can't be happy because of beer, they can be happy because of right thing. One thing is how you see things, another how you feel about them.

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ya i totally get what you mean. of course i tend to view the same with myself. i haven't really decided if it's me that's lost something or the world...i guess it would make sense that it would be me. everyone else seems happy and productive enough. but i tend to not think about anything, that way i don't get too caught up with my thoughts. usually thoughts like yours turn into thoughts of how everything is meaningless. like, "why the hell do i work?" "what is money? why does everyone need it when all it is, is paper?" ya everything is complicated.

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i get the similar aspect. or rather you feel just as a different species and that the nature of every process is fundamentally different, almost non-relatable. This is actually one of the more troubling facets of the disorder for me.