The “Out-of-Body Experience” – A New Orientation for the Clinic of the Body?

By Pascal Le Maléfan, Kristina Valendinova

This article presents two hypotheses. Firstly, it argues that today’s rise in so-called “out-of-body experience” phenomena is of clinical interest, and that Lacan’s theorization of the Ego [ego] [1] may prove helpful in their exploration. Secondly, that its emergence is correlative to the current changes in our relation to the body, changes which are tending towards distancing.

  • out-of-body experience (OBE)
  • out-of-self
  • the contemporary body
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