Definition of self-alienation in English:



  • The process of distancing oneself from one's own feelings or activities, such as may occur in mental illness or as a symptom of emotional distress.

    • ‘Its self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order.’
    • ‘In constructing themselves specifically as speakers who at once invite and defy the expectations of their auditors, their social alienation becomes only the outward signature of an essential self-alienation.’