Do some of us go through life this way?

Fugue state: An altered state of consciousness in which a person may move about purposely and even speak but is not fully aware. A fugue state is usually a type of complex partial seizure. (

In psychology, a fugue state (also known as a ‘psychogenic fugue’ or ‘dissociative fugue’) is a state of mind where a person experiences a dissociative break in identity and attempts to run away from some perceived threat, usually something abstract such as the person’s identity. People who enter into a fugue state may disappear, running away to a completely different geographical region and assuming another identity. A bewildered facial expression is a common symptom of the condition that can involve both physical and psychological escape from a stressful environment.
A fugue state is often triggered by stress. The condition often follows interpersonal events in which a person is exposed to rage, threats to their self-esteem and challenges to habitual patterns of impulse control. (Wikipedia)

In one form of psychogenic amnesia, called fugue state, individuals may forget not only their pasts but their very identities. Despite the many Hollywood movies depicting this phenomenon, fugue state is extremely rare in real life. Fugue state normally resolves with time, particularly with the help of therapy. (

Non-psychologists more commonly use the term “fugue state” to refer to the state of mind attained by a gifted (Someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)) musician or (A person trained to compete in sports) athlete where the person attains a high degree of focus and attention to their art or actions. This is also a dissociation from one’s surroundings, to concentrate on the work at hand. Other names for the same basic concept include “the mental state called flow,” often seen in the context of (Creating a sequence of instructions to enable the computer to do something) programming, and “being in (Click link for more info and facts about the zone) the zone.” (wikipedia?)

1: Am J Clin Hypn. 2003 Apr;45(4):311-22.
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Am J Clin Hypn. 2003 Apr;45(4):323-31.Working with Dissociative Fugue in a general psychotherapy practice: a cautionary tale.Jasper FJ.St. Vincent Hospitals and Health System, 8401 Harcourt Road, Indianapolis, IN 46280, USA.Dissociative Fugue is a somewhat rare condition that therapists may see only once or twice over the course of a professional career. A brief review of the uses of hypnosis in the treatment of Dissociative Fugue is followed by a presentation of the case of a 51-year-old man who presented with the clinical picture of Dissociative Fugue State and who experienced complete amnesia for the time prior to the fugue state. This article focuses on the pitfalls that the psychotherapist in a general practice may face when working with such a patient and offers specific recommendations and scripts that may be useful in proceeding with treatment.Publication Types:
Case ReportsPMID: 12722934 [PubMed

Hmmm maybe one gets into a fugue state while one is knitting? Living in your own little world??


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