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  1. out-of-body experience(noun)

    the dissociative experience of observing yourself from an external perspective as though your mind or soul had left and was observing your body

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  1. out-of-body experience(Noun)

    An experience where one feels outside of oneu2019s body.

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  1. Out-of-body experience

    An out-of-body experience is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside one's body and, in some cases, perceiving one's physical body from a place outside one's body. The term out-of-body experience was introduced in 1943 by George N. M. Tyrrell in his book Apparitions, and was adopted by researchers such as Celia Green and Robert Monroe as an alternative to belief-centric labels such as "astral projection", "soul travel", or "spirit walking". The researcher Waldo Vieira described the phenomenon as a projection of consciousness. OBEs can be induced by brain traumas, sensory deprivation, near-death experiences, dissociative and psychedelic drugs, dehydration, sleep, and electrical stimulation of the brain, among others. It can also be deliberately induced by some. Science considers the OBE a type of hallucination that can be caused by various psychological and neurological factors. Some parapsychologists and occult writers treat OBEs as evidence that a soul, spirit or subtle body can detach itself from the body and visit distant locations. One in ten people has an OBE once, or more commonly, several times in his or her life, but scientists still know little about the phenomenon.

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