CATALEPSY By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 The state of unresponsiveness that is sustained over a long period of time. A person does not move but remains in one position. See catatonic rigidity. CATALEPSY: "Joe was suffering from catalepsy and stayed in the same position for days." Related Psychology Terms CATALEPSY CATATONIC SCHIZOPHRENIA CATATONIA CATATONIC STUPOR CATATONIA BENIGN STUPOR STUPOR BREADTH-FIRST SEARCH MUSCULAR RIGIDITY STATUS Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CATALEPSY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/catalepsy-2/ (accessed April 13, 2021).