What would be the word or term to describe a person who found themselves in another living person's body or the name of the process that put them there?

I've recently had a couple of experiences while sleeping that were so real that they troubled me for months afterwards. I do not believe they were dreams. I dream often and these were nothing like a dream and I have found nothing to describe this. Please help...


The dreams could be wishful thinking, unconsciously you may be seeking to live a different life, to be someone else.

It could also be a signal that you are living a period of great stress, the dreams do not mean you physically abandoned your body and entered into somebody else's.

But depending on your personal beliefs there are a couple of expressions that interpret this type out-of-body experience (OBE)

The other incarnation of non-physical mediumship is a form of channeling in which the channeler goes into a trance, or "leaves their body", allowing a spiritual entity to borrow their body, who then talks through them. When in a trance the medium appears to come under the control of the spirit of a departed soul, sometimes entering into a cataleptic state, although modern channelers may not. Some channelers open the eyes when channeling, and remain able to walk and behave normally.

from Dictionary.com

2. a living being embodying a deity or spirit.

From Merriam-Webster

relating to or involving a feeling of separation from one's body and of being able to view oneself and others from an external perspective.

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  • In the meantime I'put a bounty on one of your old favorites. – user66974 Sep 8 '17 at 12:08

Body-mind swaps are an oft used device in science fiction. One place it was used was in Star Trek (Original Series) in the last episode, Turnabout Intruder. A character used a Life-energy transfer machine to forcibly swap bodies with Captain Kirk.

In Star Trek: the Search for Spock, a Vulcan technique of Katra is used to transfer a body with two minds into a soulless body of another.

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