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Psychopathy

Discussion in 'Spiritual Growth & Development' started by Convolution, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Convolution

    Convolution Active Member

    Hi, it's a bit of a strange topic, I know. I'd like to understand how psychopathy fits into spiritual growth.
    From what I've read, many believe that we choose the lives we'll lead, families we'll have.
    Others believe it's a more random process of reincarnation.

    Either way, it seems like landing into the body of a psychopath (one with ASPD, born without the ability to feel empathy or normal emotions) would be equivalent to signing up for a life of potentially causing a lot of harm, without any capacity for remorse while in the body.
    To me, it seems a bit counter productive and detrimental to either spiritual growth or helping mankind forward (from a spiritual point of view). A lot more risk than reward.

    Is anyone aware of how they fit into spirituality, and also perhaps why anyone would choose to reincarnate in a body like that?

    Also, how do you think other psychological disorders such as narcissism and sociopath (learned antisocial personality) fit into spirituality? How do any of these contribute to our own spiritual growth? Same reasons in different degrees?
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
  2. bluebird

    bluebird Well-Known Member

    Personally, I don't think anyone chooses to be born a psychopath. Some people are just unfortunately born with or develop mental illness. I'm sure other members will have various other opinions.
     
  3. Convolution

    Convolution Active Member

    So you believe that, provided reincarnation is a reality, we don't pick our bodies/traits, etc. That it's a random process. Is that correct?
     
  4. bluebird

    bluebird Well-Known Member

    Well, to begin with I don't know if reincarnation is a reality or not. But either way, whether we live one life or multiple lives, I think that while we may choose some things, we don't choose everything. I don't believe we create "charts" by which we live our lives, or that we choose all of the major events which happen to us. I don't know if we choose our families. My best guess is that if there is an afterlife/beforelife at all, a concept about which I am agnostic, then maybe some of us pre-select some things, sometimes. Just my opinion.
     
  5. Convolution

    Convolution Active Member

    Got it.
    I just wonder, assuming that we do choose some traits, why anyone would choose to be born into a body without the capacity for empathy. Was curious if that is addressed anywhere in literature.
     

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