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Originally posted by dc4lifeskater
Dissociative Disorders involve a dissociation or interruption from consciousness, awareness, identity or memory. They may result from psychological trauma or severe stress. Dissociative disorders are further categorized into dissociative amnesia, dissociative identity disorder, and depersonalization disorder. Dissociative symptoms can interfere with normal functioning, adversely affecting work, school or interpersonal relationships.
Dissociative Disorders develop in response to severe stress. Examples may include wartime experiences, natural disasters, rape, incest, or even psychotic episodes (including placement in psychiatric hospitals). Dissociative amnesia involves the inability to remember past experiences or personal information. Memory loss is more extensive than normal forgetfulness. Dissociative identity disorder was formerly known as multiple personality disorder. Alternate personalities arise related to exposure to stress. Individuals with this disorder experience the presence of one or more people talking and “living” inside of them. Dissociative identity disorder is also associated with dissociative amnesia. Depersonalization disorder is a period where a person has the sensation they are outside of their body, observing their own actions from a different vantage point. Depersonalization disorder can be associated with body image distortions and feelings that the world is “unreal.”
Originally posted by DeReK DaRkLy
Spot on, except your physical self is also a part of the illusion...
Mind is all that exists. We all share it, and everything comes from it.
Originally posted by Vaedur
I'd like to share a belief I have had for many many years when I was younger. I've matured a bit since then. Their was a time, when I believed, I was truly the center of the universe. And everyone was just in my mind. Maybe it was a defense / coping mechanism. I believed my actions did not matter, because everything would right itself. Everything would just turn out O.k. nothing wrong could happen for long. I didn't particularly believe I was locked in a room, or in the matrix, just that my body may have also been unreal, and that my mind was all that existed. Not in a physical sense, but in a spiritual sense. The rituals I performed on a daily basis weren't even happening. My family and friends weren't real, but created from me. That no one lived in China, or Japan, or Russia, and the places didn't even exist.
Is their a name for this belief? I may have grown up since then, but topics on here have made me think about my "theory" or "feeling" from when I was younger.
Solipsism (i/ˈsɒlɨpsɪzəm/) is the philosophical idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist. The term comes from the Latin solus (alone) and ipse (self). As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one's own mind is unsure.
The external world and other minds cannot be known, and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist. As such it is the only epistemological position that, by its own postulate, is both irrefutable and yet indefensible in the same manner.
Although the number of individuals sincerely espousing solipsism has been small, it is not uncommon for one philosopher to accuse another's arguments of entailing solipsism as an unwanted consequence, in a kind of reductio ad absurdum. In the history of philosophy, solipsism has served as a skeptical hypothesis.
Your reply is merely a reflection of the latest 'belief' fad, which you are on board with.
If the physical realm is an "illusion", then the spiritual realm must be an "illusion" too, based on your definition of the word.
Why can't people be content with feeling the sun on their face and a good meal on their tongue without having to be such a freakin killjoy?
We all find out the truth when we draw our last breath, so how about we enjoy it until then, eh?
Originally posted by Vaedur
I may have grown up since then, but topics on here have made me think about my "theory" or "feeling" from when I was younger.