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Beliefs have a social purpose. Does this explain delusions? | Psyche Ideas

Beliefs have a social purpose. Does this explain delusions? | Psyche Ideas

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labelling delusions as irrational suggests that all ‘normal’ cognition is rational... new theory suggests delusions emerge from specific processes in our ‘coalitional psychology’ ... mechanisms ... understand our social environment...

most delusions involve social content... Beliefs serve a significant social purpose... cooperate with each other, to mutually reflect and solve problems,,, adapt to our social context... beliefs differ across social groups ...

Delusions are fixed, unchanging in the face of contrary evidence, and not shared by ... peers... more resistant to change... intensely preoccupying ... this inflexibility ... sets delusions apart from other beliefs...

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