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Automatism

Repetitive motor or verbal behavior without conscious realization or censorship. Can have psychotherapeutically significant meanings.

Example: A woman constantly holds one hand with the other without realizing it. After several therapy visits, she sees a connection to guilt over sexual acts.

Automatism
APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Automatism. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 15, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/automatism/