A tactile distortion is the experience of a perceived alteration in one's sense of touch. This is distinct from that of a tactile hallucination, as it exclusively alters the perception of pre-existing sensations and does not add any new content. Tactile distortions can manifest in a variety of different styles, but the most common examples include:
- Textures and surfaces feeling softer, sharper, smoother, rougher, hotter, colder, etc, than they usually would.
- Tactile sensations persisting longer than they usually would, often well after the person has stopped touching the initial object that triggered it.
- The spreading of tactile sensations throughout the rest of the body, often starting at its genuine origin point before propagating across the skin.
- Tactile sensations occurring in regions of the body other than their specific origin point.