automatism automatism


  • (n) any reaction that occurs automatically without conscious thought or reflection (especially the undirected behavior seen in psychomotor epilepsy)


  1. In many cases the numb automatism disappeared.
  2. This emphasizes that perfect automatism, that absolute lack of human consciousness or aim, which our society is rapidly achieving.
  3. As practiced by Joan Miro, Andr Masson, Max Ernst and Roberto Matta, automatism relied on the unconscious to direct the pen, pencil, brush or tube of glue.


  • Ye Old Criticism of Jazz

    SURREALISM, n. Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express—verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner—the actual functioning of thought.
    on September 29, 2013     Source: All About Jazz


  1. As Mises wrote, "The truth is that the choice is not between a dead mechanism and a rigid automatism on the one hand and conscious planning on the other hand. The alternative is not plan or no plan. The question is: whose planning? Should each...
    on Aug 29, 2008 By: Ludwig von Mises Source: The People's Voice (blog)

  2. "All forms of automatism are excluded at the risk of losing the flexibility offered by the bilateral path," said Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey at a media conference on Thursday.
    on Oct 22, 2009 By: Micheline Calmy-Rey Source: Swissinfo

  3. Breton, who died in 1966 at the age of 70 and is considered to be surrealism's founding father, described the movement which sprang up after the First World War as "psychic automatism in its pure state".
    on May 20, 2008 By: André Breton Source: Scotsman

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