Physical disconnection is the experience of feeling distant and detached from one's sense of touch and their feelings of ownership and control over their own physical body. This may lead to or be complemented by other effects, such as tactile suppression, physical autonomy, pain relief, changes in felt bodily form, a perception of bodily lightness, and a general array of physical suppressions. The experience of this effect can also create a wide range of subjective changes to a person's perception of their own body. These are described and documented in the list below:
- Feeling as if one's body is not their own
- Feeling as if one's body is controlling itself
- Feeling as if one's body is distant and far away
- Feeling as if one's bodily movement is mechanical and robotic
- Feeling a decrease in one's ability to use fine motor control
- Feeling a decrease in one's ability to use and perceive their sense of touch
Physical disconnection is often accompanied by other coinciding effects, such as cognitive disconnection and visual disconnection, which results in the sensation that one is partially or completely detaching from both their sensory input and their cognitive faculties. This effect is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of depressant and dissociative compounds, such as, ketamine, PCP, and DXM.