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[11:24 AM] Teran1092: Got a question and just wondering what y'all think. Do you believe in reincarnation? Have you ever thought about reincarnation being related to gender identity issues, schizophrenia, or dissociative identity disorder(multiple personality)? What if whatever is supposed to happen in reincarnation that allows your past life to stay in the background,so to speak, doesn't happen? That filter that separates the lives is missing. Wouldn't it be possible for those previous lives to all come forth?
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I've seen trans people who believed that their identity was due to a past life. I'm not trans, so I'm not going to try to speak over trans voices in any way--I think if someone thinks that's why they're trans, that's fine, but other viewpoints are equally valid.

I don't really see how schizophrenia or DID are related to past lives, personally (I might not be understanding your question, though).

Schizophrenia doesn't inherently involve hearing voices or seeing people. Someone could mainly struggle with delusions or disorganized speech.

DID (along with many dissociative disorders/symptoms) is caused by trauma in childhood. If a child is unable to cope with the trauma, they may split parts of themself into separate identities. That's why the alters can integrate with treatment if they choose.

Note: I'm not a psychologist, so I didn't write anything beyond what can be found easily in reputable sources and my own experiences with dissociation.

I did refer to HealthyPlace, just to give credit where it's due. :)

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I totally understand your points. I had someone pose this question to me while we were talking about experiences that we had. I understand how DID is developed. I wonder though if at some point, the ability for a mind to create these personalities lies in an experience from a past life or lives. As for schizophrenia, I meant that could a collision from different past lives cause a person to experience the behavioral,cognitive,mood and psychological issues associated with that disorder. A person with schizophrenia may experience hearing voices, compulsive behavior,believing thoughts aren't their own. At least that is what my family member experiences when they won't take their meds. It's just a question. I'm not a physician or nurse in the field. Just a person who believes in the off the wall, impossible and possibilities.
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Oh, I see what you're saying. Sorry, I didn't quite understand, I apologize.

It's an interesting theory. Some people who have gone through trauma don't develop dissociative disorders, so it would explain that.

I don't really know my opinion on it, but it's certainly something to think about. As long as anyone with the disorders are getting the treatment they need, I think it would be fine for them to believe that. :) I haven't really thought of past lives relating to my own mental health experiences, but I may continue that now.

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I believe in reincarnation, but I don't know whether it would be related to any of those issues, since I've never experienced any of them. However, I do wonder if it would apply to all mental health issues, not just the ones described here.
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There is indeed at least some logical merit to the ideas behind past-life experiences and current mental states and/or personal identities. It all presumes a necessary assumption of belief in a few things though; That the soul/consciousness is persistent after physical death, that one may then live additional physical lives within a new body, and that while conscious memory is either blocked or lost from one incarnation to the next, some level of subconscious or inner nature and experiences continues to have an effect on natural predispositions.

Provided a person has a personal belief that these ideas are valid then it would be easy to build a chain of logic from them.

An eady example would be a male individual undergoing some form of past-life exploration and in the process learning (or at least coming to the belief) that he used to predominantly incarnate as females, living and learning from culturally feminine ideals and growing as a consciousness with those ingrained expected norms. And so those norms could be a subconscious part of his currently masculine incarnation and having influences on his current predispositions, partially overriding cultural norms/expectations.

In effect the past might generate some conflict with the present. ... But it is also really complicated because it also depends on how any individual might treat such a conflict. Some don't care, and even in experiencing such diversions just moves on in acceptance. Others might feel a great deal of internal conflict and stress, because specific distinctions are held as very important.
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