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The suggestible mind

Source: Acting: an altered state of consciousness (subscription) by Eberhard Scheiffele
Research in Drama Education, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2001 - All rights reserved.

The 12 aspects of consciousness likely to be altered when we are acting:

Eberhard Scheiffele's
Imagery and fantasy
Inner speech
Higher-level thought processes
Meaning or significance of experiences
Time experience
Emotional feeling and expression
Level of arousal
Body image
Sense of personal identity
improvisation tools

Presence. "To relax our attention into the present moment" (Zaporah, 1995), giving our attention to the here and now.
Visualisation. To perceive real or imaginary sounds, sensations and objects.
Engagement. "To imagine detailed fantasies () without much thinking or planning" (Scheiffele, 2001).
Mantras. Using inner speech or mantras to colour a scene or add substance to a character.
Association. To feed past sensory experiences into a character or a scene. To make new connections between words and images.
Creativity. "Ease in making decisions and sometimes a sense of intuitive knowledge" (Scheiffele, 2001).
Synchronicity. "A feeling of being in tune, being one with other people and the environment () Increases our sense of humour and allows us to laugh at our foibles" (Scheiffele, 2001).
Pace and time. Complex thought-process and actions taking place in an elongated stretch of time. Also, slowing-down and speeding-up time at will in narratives.
Risk taking. "The stage is a safe place to be dangerous. We can express ourselves in new ways without suffering the consequences of real life" (Emunah, 1994).
Stimulation. "Acting involves a higher state of arousal, including physiological signs such as increased heart rate and breathing" (Scheiffele, 2001).
Spontaneity. "A state in which actions just happen. The actor finds herself surprised by her own actions or words" (Scheiffele, 2001).
Suggestibility. "A communication that change () behaviour or beliefs, without any argument or coercion being involved" (Farthing, 1992).
Body image. Altering our body image to bring a character to life. Also, "acting frequently induces a sense of unity between body, mind, and feeling" (Scheiffele, 2001).
Sense of self. "Enacting of a variety of roles can change and expand our perception of who we can be" (Scheiffele, 2001).
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