I have been trying to describe this syndrome to people for years, and never once met anyone who recognized it from my description; I've assigned it to a couple of characters in my books, including the child Sam in the Aegypt series. In my experience it's more odd a feeling than this, and more ambivalent: I feel (or felt, as a child, almost never any more) as though my hands and feet are billions of miles distant from my head and heart, but at the same time I am enormously, infinitely large, and so those parts are in the same spatial relation to my self as ever, or even monstrously closer.
I wonder of Carroll (Dodgson, rather) had this syndrome.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
Author John Crowley talks about his childhood involvement with Alice in Wonderland syndrome, one of several strange medical conditions discussed by the WSJ.