possession trance

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A trance associated with the replacement of one's customary personal identity with a new identity, and a belief that this is caused by the influence of a spirit, deity, power, or other person. See also dissociative trance disorder. [From Old French possesser to possess, from Latin possidere to occupy or inhabit + French transe trance, from Latin transire to go across or to die]

Subjects: Psychology.

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