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From my understanding of what dissociation is as it relates to psychiatry and as it relates to cultural differences, it is very similar to attachment/detachment and maintaining a balance between worldly affairs and your inner self. Maintaining balance means achieving homeostasis or equilibrium within your inner self. It is healthy and necessary to detach from others to reconnect with yourself by living a householders life and then rebuilding connections. You need this to sustain healthy relationships with others, while living your day to day life. This is a vital teaching in Sikhi and an individual must understand this teaching in order to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. It is necessary to sustain ones life.

Dissociation relates to psychiatry when an individual has completely lost connection and association with oneself. This person has lost connection with reality and the inability to disipher between real and unreal within their own consciousness.