Glossary

(Only terms that were not explained in the text are included)

Agent : In telepathy, the person who sends information to a receiver.

Bilocation: Projecting a body double. Subjective bilocation refers to a double appearing and being perceived at some distance from the body. Objective bilocation refers to the double appearing in another location entirely.

Bioluminescence: Visual representation of bioplasm.

Bioplasm: Biological plasma composed of ionized particles, part of the body's magnetic field.

Catalepsy: Complete suspension of voluntary movement, often accompanied by general muscular contractions.

Clairvoyance: Extra sensorial perception of objects, people or events without a telepathic agent.

Cognition: Understanding.

Collective consciousness: sophrology is based on the principle of the existence of a consciousness with universal characteristics, common to all human beings. It is this consciousness which allows people to communicate and understand each other.

Creativity: The faculty of creation.

Desophronization: Surfacing to an ordinary state of conscious alertness at the end of a sophrological session. It can be self directed, or directed by another person.

Disassociation: Separation of a part of the mind, which then functions independently.

Disconnectedness: When awareness shifts from exterior to interior, from waking to sleep. Characteristic of the sophrological state.

Double vision: Extra sensorial perception of objects, clairvoyance in the present.

Extra sensory perception: Paranormal perception beyond the scope of normal, sensory perception; includes telepathy, clairvoyance, double vision, pre and post cognition.

Hypnagogic state: The state immediately preceding or following sleep.

Inhibition: Prevention or modification of a mental faculty.

Maieutic: Socratic method of stimulating latent ideas or memories.

Medium: An intermediary capable of communicating with spirits: can be used to refer to anyone with paranormal abilities.

Misoneism: Hatred of innovation or change.

Percipient: A person who receives information through telepathic transmission, sent by an agent.

Post-cognition: Paranormal awareness of past events.

Premonition (or pre-cognition): Paranormal awareness of future events.

Psyche: The collection of faculties that make up the human personality.

Redintegration: In psychology, the tendency to respond to a later stimulus in the same way as to an earlier, complex stimulus of which the latter was a part.

Schizoid: A predisposition to schizophrenia.

Schizophrenic: Someone suffering from schizophrenia, characterized by indifference, withdrawal, hallucinations, delusions of persecution or omnipotence, often with unimpaired intelligence.

Scream therapy: A form of group therapy where participants are encouraged to express suppressed emotions.

Semantics: The study of language.

Servo-mechanism: A system that seeks to maintain a balance between stimulus and response no matter what variations or disturbances are imposed.

Sophronozation: The process which modifies consciousness and induces a sophronic state.

Subconscious: The part of our unconscious mind that can surface and influence our conscious behavior.

Symbol: A word or object that represents something else through association.

Telepathy: A special kind of direct communication between living beings, without the participation of the sense organs.

Telesthesia: Sensory awareness beyond the scope of the five senses.

Trance: Passage from one mental state to another, implying altered sensory activity and awareness, occurring either simultaneously or separately.

Zener cards: A set of cards used in parapsychological experiments; composed of five cards, each with a different symbol (circle, cross, wave, star and square).

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