Physical and mental change

Trances lead to various temporary mental changes:

  • Narrowing of perception and attention
  • either negative (fading out of real things) or positive hallucinations (imagining unreal things)
  • Significantly reduced or increased memory capacity
  • Altered perception of time (dilation or standstill)
  • special feeling of control
  • special emotionality

and physical changes:

  • altered muscle tone (either rigidity or hyperactivity)
  • involuntary movements (e.g. Carpenter effect)
  • Lack of pain and sensation

There is no universal definition of trance. The above explanation of the term forms the lowest common denominator of various definitions.


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