Ego Death and Merleau-Ponty’s Body Schema

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Body schema is a somewhat uncommon, but not exactly rare, psychedelic experience. It is generally described as a temporary and total loss of personal identity. It is a deeply intense and all-consuming type of dissociation, but unlike other forms of dissociation such as depersonalisation or dissociative amnesia, it is desired by many. Ego death is the holy grail of the psychedelic experience. Most people who are…




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