- the performance of an act or actions without the performer's awareness or conscious volition.
- such an act, as sleepwalking.
Origin of automatism
verb (used with object), au·tom·a·tized, au·tom·a·tiz·ing.
Origin of automatize
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Historical Examples of automatist
The medium was a psychic of the Corliss type, an automatist who delivered his “spirit messages” by word of mouth.Adventurings in the Psychical
H. Addington Bruce
I do not, of course, mean that they all of them bring messages from sources external to the automatist's own mind.
This refers to the cases where the automatist has provably never seen the deceased person's handwriting.
To the student of automatisms, of course, all this irresistibly suggests the automatist's own subliminal handiwork.
There is in such a case no apparent communication between the discarnate mind and the mind of the automatist.