The Experience of Totality



Experiencing totality is an overwhelming of the senses—you identify that something very unnatural is about to occur, and your innate response is to pay attention and be alert and ready for action. Observers are also experiencing a range of emotions and physical sensations over a relatively short period of time. People who experience a total eclipse often describe it as one of the most moving or significant positive events of their lives, and are often surprised by the intensity of that experience. Often immediately after an eclipse, particularly a first eclipse, people are left speechless. After reflection, however, most people are able to name the range of emotions that they felt.


Conscious Thought Total Eclipse Superstitious Belief Final Moment Nocturnal Animal 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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