lose touch with reality

lose touch with reality

To no longer have a firm or clear understanding of real life; to lose one's ability for clear, rational thought. A possessive pronoun can be used between "lose" and "reality." The poor guy sort of lost touch with reality after the death of his children. I feel like I'm losing my touch with reality lately—I think I might need to see a psychiatrist.
See also: lose, reality, touch

lose touch with reality

to began to think unrealistically; to become unrealistic. I am so overworked that I am losing touch with reality. The psychotic criminal had lost touch with reality.
See also: lose, reality, touch
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"Filtered selfies can make people lose touch with reality.
Hawley has gotten to know Hamm a little bit since they started preparing for the feature film (http://deadline.com/2017/02/legion-noah-hawley-pale-blue-dot-reese-witherspoon-lake-pleasant-bodies-case-1201915103/) "Pale Blue Dot," which is based on a spec by Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi and tells the story of a female astronaut who begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality upon returning to Earth from a mission in space.
She said: "Like many of us, if we don't talk to anyone for days on end, we quickly lose touch with reality. Everything seems more negative and darker and time stretches out, where a few minutes feel like hours; we begin to doubt ourselves and our relationships with others, too.
No wonder they lose touch with reality when there's that much pressure on all the time.
By all means rejoice in Button's success, but please don't lose touch with reality and make out it means more than it does.
Indeed, the descriptions of how Khalid's mind starts to disintegrate and lose touch with reality is one of the strongest elements of Perera's writing.
To be preaching abstinence when 90 percent of people are having sex is in essence to lose touch with reality. It's an ideological campaign.
With an average of pounds 119,000 per year in expenses, plus salaries and pension contributions is it any wonder MPs lose touch with reality?
People taking LSD may also lose touch with reality. For example, they may see or hear things that aren't there (hallucinations).
As their behaviour becomes more irrational and their personality changes they tend to lose touch with reality. Add in the financial demands of feeding their habit and it is easy to see how they descend into criminal behaviour.
But any theory which reduces human motivation to a mechanism that works independently of conscious intent can lose touch with reality. Robert Wright asserts that in casual sex, "the worst likely outcome for the man (in genetic terms) is that pregnancy would not ensue." Never mind that in real-life terms, the worst likely outcome is that it would.
Her response - to lose touch with reality - is understandable enough.
I think both are linked because, if we don't reflect on what we are doing, then we lose touch with reality.
He told Vanity Fair: "You just kind of lose touch with reality a bit here.
People can sometimes run away with themselves and lose touch with reality but they need to understand what we're working with.