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.
Almost every language in the world uses an expression similar to ‘hurt feelings’ to describe the emotional response we have to being rejected. The question is, why are rejections so painful?
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.
If you read my posts on a regular basis, you probably know that I am quite interested in bilingualism and its effects on cognition. Another person who conducts a lot of studies in things like this is Lera Boroditsky, one of the most public-friendly academics in psycholinguistics. Boroditsky recently released an interesting paper with Vicky Lai that I thought I would report on here for you.