The experience of our minds may be shaped by belief. The idea that our minds are whatever we imagine them to be may seem like an assertion that is hard to prove. But confidence is crucial to learning and knowledge, so the term “imagination” in this sense simply connotes a confident belief in our constructed mental processes and our minds’ content.
Many schizophrenics endure auditory hallucinations that are nearly impossible to understand sensibly, due to the fact that they rely, at least in part, on arbitrary factors. Auditory hallucinations reflect the meanderings of the psychotic individual’s mind, conforming, in a circuitous way, to whatever the psychotic individual imagines them to be.
Psychopathology may be represented as residing on a continuum, ranging from, at one end "psychotic" to at the other end, "normal". "Personality disordered" and "neurotic" lie between the two. However, there are general differences in the psychological and relational experience of individuals with schizophrenia versus those with borderline personality disorder.
Most people experience their minds as private, subjective environments that are sanctuaries from others. The mental world is usually considered to be safe, and we protect its privacy by disguising our behavior so that others cannot gain any insight into our internal mental processes. What what do you do if there are other "entities" prying into your mind?
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