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    In this thesis I investigate the social and cultural dimensions of the self through an examination of the psychiatric disorder of depersonalization. Specifically, I apply Thagard's Multilevel Interacting Mechanisms framework to depersonalization, which reveals the complex interaction between the phenomenal nature of the illness, and the conception of the self. I argue that in addition to being a factor for this particular mental illness, the Western independent conception of the self is descript…Read more