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Understanding How We Disconnect From Reality

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Dissociation is a common experience that many people may encounter at some point in their lives. It can present as a disconnection from oneself, others, or reality. This phenomenon can be brought on by various factors, including stress, trauma, anxiety, or mental health conditions. In this blog post, we will delve into the causes and signs of dissociation, and offer effective strategies to recognize and manage these feelings to promote overall well-being.

Causes of Dissociation

  • Trauma: Individuals who have experienced trauma, such as physical or emotional abuse, may develop dissociative symptoms as a way to cope with overwhelming experiences.

  • Stress and Anxiety: High levels of stress or persistent anxiety can trigger dissociative episodes, leading to feelings of detachment from reality.

  • Mental Health Conditions: Conditions such as dissociative identity disorder (DID), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and anxiety disorders can contribute to dissociative experiences.

  • Overwhelming Emotions: Overwhelming emotions, whether positive or negative, can sometimes lead to dissociative feelings as a way to protect oneself from intense feelings.

Signs of Dissociation

It's important to recognize common signs and symptoms of dissociation in oneself or others. These include:

  • Feeling disconnected from reality or oneself
  • Memory disruptions or gaps
  • Lack of awareness of surroundings
  • Feeling as if watching oneself from outside the body
  • Altered sense of time
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Emotional detachment
  • Numbing of emotions

Effective Strategies to Manage Dissociative Feelings

1. Grounding Techniques

  • Utilize the 5-4-3-2-1 Exercise: Engaging the senses by identifying five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste can help anchor you to the present moment.

  • Deep Breathing: Practice deep breathing exercises to help bring your focus back to the present and reduce feelings of dissociation.

2. Mindfulness and Self-Awareness

  • Practice Mindfulness: Engage in mindfulness activities such as meditation or yoga to cultivate awareness of the present moment and connect with your internal experiences.

  • Self-Reflection: Journaling or self-reflection can help you become more attuned to your emotions and triggers for dissociation.

3. Seek Support

  • Therapy: Consider seeking professional support through therapy, as therapists can help you explore the underlying causes of dissociation and develop coping strategies.

  • Peer Support: Connect with peers or support groups to share experiences and receive encouragement from others who understand what you are going through.

4. Utilize Octobers Digital Group Sessions and Assessments

October's digital group sessions and assessments can provide valuable resources and support for managing dissociative feelings in the workplace. These resources can offer insights into coping strategies, self-awareness, and resilience building that can be applied in the professional setting.


Understanding dissociation and its impact on mental well-being is crucial for developing effective strategies to manage these experiences. By recognizing the causes and signs of dissociation, individuals can implement grounding techniques, cultivate mindfulness, seek support, and utilize available resources such as October's digital group sessions and assessments to promote a sense of connection and well-being. It's important to remember that seeking professional support is essential for those experiencing severe or persistent dissociative symptoms. With the right tools and support, individuals can navigate dissociative experiences and work towards greater emotional resilience and well-being in the workplace and beyond.

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