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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 2 years ago

Has neoroplasticuty made people's minds more supceptible to delusio? particulary of the religious kind?

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  • 2 years ago

    Neuroplasticity only refers to the brain's ability to alter its neural pathways. If brains didn't work like that, if neuroplasticity didn't exist, we wouldn't exist in the first place, because we couldn't remember anything and so couldn't survive against predators. A delusion is one way of altering neural pathways, but I don't see how that makes it neruoplasticity's fault, any more than life itself could be said to be responsible, since if we weren't alive we wouldn't be meeting these challenges.

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    Depression is another thing that couldn't exist without neuroplasticity, but isn't neuroplasticity's fault. The more we dwell on negative thoughts, the more strongly ingrained the thought becomes as more neural connections are added. The key to success is to recognize that as we are repeating these depressive thoughts to ourselves, we are literally strengthening their hold over us as neuroplasticity allow more and more synapses to be devoted to the task. We must learn to identify those, make them enemies like wanted posters at the Sheriff's Station, and develop the mental discipline not to allow ourselves to wallow in self pity by allowing them to play out in our minds once again. Once one gets good at that, and substituting positive thoughts instead, the brain begins rewiring itself, breaking synaptic connection of the now-disused thought while moving on to whatever we've decided to replace them with.The longer we can do that, the less susceptible to them we become and with perseverance, a way from depression to normalcy.

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    But neuroplasticity isn't responsible for the content of our minds, it's just the mechanism that makes it possible. It's up to that portion of the mind that is conscious (because a lot of thinking is subconscious) to index the contents as we see fit.

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Neuroplasticity has always been around but only recently have we pinned a name.

    It enhances, is positive.

  • 2 years ago

    Quite the opposite. Delusions are words or ideas that are held to be true contrary to available evidence.

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