Sensory Deprivation is a form of Restraints in that devices are used to cut off or reduce stimuli from our senses. We rely on our sight for our own protection and safety so much that when we cannot see, we can become nervous and afraid. The same is true for hearing and even the ability to feel objects or things around us. Sensory deprivation of one or more senses can enhance and amplify the other senses including our sense of our own body.
Sensory Deprivation can be used as a form of punishment or as a way to Focus other senses on a specific stimuli. The sense we depend on the most is sight which can be blocked using blindfolds and hoods. Second to that is hearing which can be reduced using earplugs or noise. Some people use meditation to block their own senses to what is around them without other aids.
When we think of our senses we think of the most common senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. But there are many more: pressure, itch, temperature, pain, thirst, hunger, direction, time, body awareness, equilibrium and muscle tension. Think about the many and various ways that you can suppress one or more of these senses to punish, focus or give pleasure.
28 September 2018
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