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Hack Tuke, Daniel – Healing - Anaesthesia induced by powerful emotions

Identifier

026058

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

As described in Illustrations Of The Influence Of The Mind Upon The Body In Health And Disease, Designed To Elucidate The Action Of The Imagination - Daniel Hack Tuke, M.D., M.R.C.P.,

PART II. THE EMOTIONS.
CHAPTER VII. INFLUENCE OF THE EMOTIONS UPON SENSATION.

The distraction of the attention from impressions made upon the sensory nerves, whether painful or pleasurable, when the mind is under the influence of powerful Emotions, notoriously interferes with or entirely prevents the mind's perception of them ; this principle forms the foundation of a large class of cases of psychical anaesthesia. Rapt in ecstasy, the devotee feels neither cold nor wounds. …..

The battle-field constantly affords examples of the influence of an engrossing emotion in blunting sensation. In reporting the battle of Monte Kotundo (1867) a spectator writes in the "Cornhill Magazine :"
" All day long the battle raged ; the troops were fainting with hunger and fatigue. Certainly they were the liveliest, most patient set of sufferers I ever saw ; the certainty of victory chloroformed their pain."

The source of the experience

Hack Tuke, Daniel

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Extreme emotion
Extreme pain
War.

Commonsteps

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