Alien Hand Syndrome: When a Limb Goes Rogue

What would you do if your hand seemed to develop a mind of its own, beyond your control?

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Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4261226/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27315251
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-12225163
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/02/11/seen-at-11-medical-condition-causes-alien-hands-to-have-minds-of-their-own/
  • Pants-off Dance-off

    Stop hitting yourself! Stop hitting yourself!

  • Shivam Pattni

    That was one hairy arm getting the coffee, damn

  • BucketsAMF

    The subconscious mind is a strange place.

  • Nick G

    So like when I neck my friend and then yell MUSCLE SPASM... does that count?

  • RS S

    If I had an alien hand, I'd name it "Thing."

  • Audrey Bair

    Alien hands syndrome can be your wing man. Like ur at a movie and al of a sudden you arm wraps around the lady next to you. Boom wing man. Or should I say wing arm.

  • Najmah Chant

    ....so it wasn't demons?

  • Mabus Beast

    Ms garrison from south park isnt crazy after all

  • user.equalto.Null

    The scariest thing this could do, or me, isn't my hand randomly trying to kill me.It's that my hand could, at any moment, reach out and get me convicted of sexual assault.

  • Olorin Elior

    It's 1908... you want to type a comment on the internet... on a computer... and your hand slaps you

  • Balthier Monochrome

    So.. Ultra instinct? From the way it was described as "it breaks down the barrier between, I could do this and I will do this" just imagining doing something makes your hand do it without conscious thought.

  • ya boi cuckord

    "My hand is raping me!"

  • The Mushroom Inside

    so basically your hand acts like an octopuses arm reacting to what it could do as what it will do.

  • Katherine Beckmann

    lol I usually twitch or I slap myself

  • Lethal Chicken

    Hi I'm Jeffrey and this is George.

  • Jushiro Aramaki

    I know I probably shouldn't ask this, but for sake of curiosity: For the thoughts of "I could do this" turning into "I will do this" – is it possible for them to go as extreme as, say, "I could kill someone" to "I will kill someone"? Or, maybe on a smaller scale, like, "I could break this" to "I will break this"? Just for sake of curiosity, and I'm willing to bet there are others thinking the same.

  • Rogue Sierra

    So half the lady's brain wanted to die. Or at least kill the other half.

  • Tina Abrahamson

    My brother-in-law's mother had this issue with her left hand, after a stroke.She could be just relaxing in the kitchen chair, he'd walk by her & her hand/arm would whip out and weasel tap him. Poor guy, I can't help but chuckle about it. Thinking about him telling me about her hand. 😆

  • Little Weirdo

    Sexual alien hand oh no....

  • Dodge Lamban

    Alien Hand Syndrome = Ash Hand Syndrome 😔

  • Daneve Obero

    Give your alien hand a rubic's cube.....

  • WellsMan Productions

    Centient arm morty had alien hand syndrome in the mad max episode

  • Cube Theorist

    What would this be like with prosthetic limbs

  • yugij0319

    Makes me think of that old movie where some dudes hand just starts to kill people on its own. Wish I could remember what it was called. Anybody know?

  • Cheetahgirl55698 Gaming

    That was someone’s topic for the Tropicana speech in my 6th grade class. (It was cool) 🙂

  • Αλέξης Κασκάνης

    One time my EAR started doing some weird stuff in a FUNERAL and they asked me WTH IS WRONG WITH ME!?!?!?!

  • mondObelisk

    So, some medications can cause temporary alien hand syndrome. What would cause that? Since it isn't permanent, brain damage seems unlikely to me. Could it be a neurotransmitter issue in those cases?(Iirc, the medication in question was a sleep med, prescribed to a narcoleptic, if that helps any. Don't know which one, specifically, and I might be backwards - it could have been a daytime stimulant, not a sedative.)

  • Roun Dair

    I t ru u no.Sorry, my hand did misbehave

  • PokéMind

    This brings a whole new meaning to "why are you hitting yourself"

  • Marija Duric

    CGP gray has made a video about this

  • grace

    THIS USED TO BE MY BIGGEST FEAR AND NOW I FIND OUT ITS AN ACTUAL MEDICAL CONDITION?? NO THANKS

  • María Fernanda

    I spent most of this video glaring at my right hand suspiciously. I've got an eye on you, dirty traitor.

  • Idontgive Ashit

    My left hand shows that syndrome three times a day with intense stroking motions, I can't help it.

  • Steven Baal

    my alien hand faps me. constantly...promise

  • Overwatch Toxic People

    Once i had this happen running to school, i think i got a Olympic metal

  • Zes

    wrong, idts. no worry can relax no matter what. no such thing as fluenx or not, speakx/can spx any by any no matter what and it can all be perfx

  • Mary Light

    Oh, I get this sometimes. Tho it's far more subtle, like playing quietly w something and only after a while do I notice, or if my cat attacks it ^^;

  • Error429 [#TheChatLifeSource]

    when ever you wake up in the morning and maybe you slept on your arm and goes completely numb it might feel like that XDD I've tried to grab my phone to turn off my alarm with my numb right arm and it goes shooting right past it XD

  • Joshua Weasenforth

    What they don't tell you of the 1st example is, the woman invoked a demon, became demon-possessed, & then lost control of her hand, as it viciously tried to attack her. What they don't tell you about the dimentia patients is, they lose control of their system, though it's not alien hand syndrome, as it's actually dimentia.

  • why am i here

    I hav e alien hscfgyv u hand shun just kidding

  • Amazing Mezmer

    This is one of those things where you think "no, that can't be real." but it is a real thingAlso the metal image of your hands dunking it out is amazing.

  • Longhillmom

    This happened to my father yesterday after he had a stroke. He believes his hand is a separate being and he keeps slapping it to stop it from doing things. It's so sad because he is about to lose his only remaining leg and then to have the other two limbs fighting with one another is cruel.

  • Mabus Beast

    Lmfao a spirit orb entered her brain then started to control her body in an attempt to kill her. She was weak minded

  • yoshinosakura

    I wanna undress girls

  • pimp gaming

    I was going to the trash bin to throw away a bag then i got distracted and threw it the toilet.I have this disease

  • Joe Baumgart

    That happened in a movie I saw once! He had to chop the hand off with a chainsaw, then replace it WITH said chainsaw!

  • KIRMIZI BONCUK

    Thanks for giving me an excuse for dropping my computer

  • Aaron Hoeppner

    Migi, Handle the defense!

  • SONBoomer

    No mention of Dr. Strangelove? For shame!

  • nathalie alexandra Tcherdak

    omg brit can i have your shirt?Or at least an address on where to find one? :D

  • Christian Tse

    Is this new? Science show psych?

  • Doge

    Just get the hand cut off by a doctor!

  • lol

    Hmm maybe Luke had that aye?

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