When the Self Slips

Individuals living with depersonalisation disorder bring vivid insight to the question of whether the self is an illusion

Aeon Magazine
Jul 3, 2018 · 12 min read
Photo illustration: Vizerskaya/Getty Images

By Anna Ciaunica and Jane Charlton

One day in the late 19th century, the Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach gets on a bus. As he stares down the aisle, he sees a person at the other end, a…

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