|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Group Processes & Intergroup Relations|
|Editors||John M. Levine, Michael A. Hogg|
|Publisher||SAGE PublicationsSage CA: Los Angeles, CA|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
Depersonalization is a concept developed by self-categorization theorist John Turner and his colleagues in the 1980s to refer to the process of thinking of the self at a particular time as a group member rather than as a unique individual. Depersonalization can be seen as a process of stereotyping, but unlike other forms of stereotyping related to perceiving other people as group members, it involves self-stereotyping. To put it another way, depersonalization is the transformation from thinking of oneself as “I” or “me” to “we” or “us.”.