- (parapsychology, rare) A sudden and profound change of an individual's personality, whether spontaneous or induced e.g. in hypnosis.
1929, “Psychic research, Volume 23”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), American Society for Psychical Research, page 381:
- Mr. Soal declares that while the presence of certain persons is favorable to his duplication of personality and while some persons actually aid the prosopopesis, others have an inhibitive influence.
2011, Etzel Cardeña, Michael Winkelman, Altering Consciousness: Multidisiplinary Perspectives, ABC-CLIO, ISBN 0313383081, 9780313383083 Invalid ISBN, page 105:
- Later, French psychical researcher René Sudre (1880-1968) discussed what he referred to as prosopopesis or the nonconscious tendency to impersonate, as seen in mediumship, as well as in hypnosis, possession and cases of double and multiple personality.
1975, Carl Allanmore Murchison, The case for and against psychical belief, Ayer Publishing, ISBN 0405070373, 9780405070372 Invalid ISBN, page 94:
- Walter is good-naturedly willing to be called a "secondary personality," a "hypnotic impersonation", a "mindkin" (C.D.Broad), a "prosopopesis" (Sudre) or "entelechy" (Driesch). In fact, he says, "You may call me anything but 'It'!"
change of personality