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  1. yep, i reckon you could do that.


    i guess your example with smoking though would have a biological component as well as a psychological component.


    it might be easier in relation to an area that is purely a psychological domain.


    psycho-somatic issues are real. people can think themselves to be sick or have an ailment when there is no biological presence/evidence. what you're suggesting seems to me to be the flip side of that, so reasonable i reckon.

  2. my suggestion would be to seek some professional assistance. plenty of experts who can assist you in these matters.


    it's also important to remember that most people have voices - they tell us we are stupid, silly, clever, smart, strong, weak ... all sorts of things.


    most people also misplace things, or put things in odd places (freezer by mistake, pantry by mistake) as you have described or forget why they have done something or are doing something (going to fridge, cupboard etc.)


    most people also see things that are not there or think that they see something.

  3. This came up in conversation the other day, and I'm trying to pin down exactly what it is.


    If somebody has had a habit, or fervent belief in something and it changes e.g they used to smoke, and have now given up, or they used to be a devout Catholic and they're now an Atheist, I've noticed they're a lot more vocal / opinionated / advocated towards this change.


    This certainly isn't about religion, but to bring the argument close to home (SFN) they're are members who I know were brought up within religious families, and have (for whatever reason) decided it wasn't for them, have certainly been more vocal and ardent about their new found position. That certainly isn't an attack on anybody on here, it's just to illustrate the point, and I'm hoping that some members can identify with that.


    So what causes this, is it just simply...'I've made a change, to what I think is better, and feel the need to tell everybody about it', if so, why do they feel the need, if not, what else could be at play here.


    Just to make it clear, I want to discuss the cause of this, this isn't specifically to do with belief, but lifestyle change. I realize there are always exceptions, I recall when I gave up smoking for roughly a year, I told myself not to preach to anybody about giving up, but I still had to tell myself. Only due to being subjected to preaching, and if I had not, I probably would have been more opinionated about non-smoking.


    Any ideas ?




    when working in rehab & prisons we used to call this 'swapping the witch for the bitch'


    to me this is when a hard crim / addict would find jesus and become a zealot.


    it struck me that these individuals would always persue advocating for religion / jesus as hard as they offended or took drugs. always fascinating to me. i wondered if they ever got over their addictions, and still wonder.

  4. Does psychology have an explanation of how we came to have morals? I heard that humans don't have insticts, is that true? If so the morals can't come from instinct and if so, i.e. nature plays no role then all that seems be left is nurture. Thoughts?




    i reckon morals are psychosocial constructs that are created by the psychosocial nature of the culture that one is born into. eg if i am born in a western industrialised culture then certain psychosocial constructs exist that i will be educated too and thus use to navigate my way in the world.


    if i was born in a tribal, nomadic society i would simply be educated in the psychosocial constructs (morals) that apply there.

  5. I don't know a whole lot about human behavior, so I want to know the psychological basis behind the need to be correct about a given idea.


    Specifically, what could drive a person so far that they would be willing to die for a given set of beliefs or ideology even if it is complete nonsense? Or even worse, that they would be willing to kill someone else for their beliefs?


    You see this phenomenon most often with religious cults, even if their set of beliefs specifically preaches tolerance.


    remember that often they don't believe it's nonsense. that is yours/mine interpretation of their beliefs.

  6. ^^ see i reckon that as long as your brain understands / comprehends that its a question then an answer will be sought. yes, one must understand the concept of what a question is, and the language it is asked in (i don't speak japanese so would not know if i was being asked a question in Japanese so my brain would not look for an answer)


    i think it's worth remembering that 'i don't know the answer to that' is still an answer to the question. even 'i don't understand that question' could be a considered an answer to some degree i think. even an incorrect answer is an answer.


    i am not making the assumption that the correct answer will be the one your brain comes up with, just that an answer will come.

  7. g'day,


    looking for some information on the psychology of questions.


    my belief is that the human brain cannot not answer a question if it hears or sees the question.


    eg: what does 2 plus 2 equal? (provided you read that question, you also answered it. that process is difficult to stop)


    anyway, looking for some info / research into this sort of thing.


    thanks in advance.

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