Taking on dead loved ones' traits?
Posted 05 July 2004 - 01:35 PM
Posted 05 July 2004 - 02:21 PM
We do things they liked and it makes feel like they are still with us.What I wouldn't give to see her again.
Posted 05 July 2004 - 05:37 PM
Then again, I look at it from the paranormal point of view -Could these traits be put into our heads by the loved ones? Is it away to assure a secure place in our memories? Are they looking for their work or pleasures to be seen through to fruition?
Interesting topic, Yosei.
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Posted 05 July 2004 - 08:47 PM
Traits most commonly reflect, or mirror important aspects of our personality and yes, sometimes others.
I agree with Holly, in her statement "Maybe we begin to do the things our deceased loved ones did because our frame of mind is in this place: "Well, she can't really be gone if the things she loved to do are continuing.." And then it's up to us to actually continue doing them."
From a psychological standpoint it makes sense!
The Paranormal explanation is really up for grabs....Since it is hard to obtain sufficent evidence that "ghosts" do exist any opinion on this is basically just that...
Ghosts are spirits which linger after death from being aware of emotionally painful and/or traumatic ends. Most are mindless, but the stronger-willed retain some semblance of their former selves. However, their minds are usually warped to a great extent by their deaths, being fixated upon the thing (or person) which caused their demise. They tend to dissipate over time unless they can find some living, human, mind to sustain them, generally that of someone who was close to them in life. This may sound like I am implying some sort of possesion or negative experience, I am not..However, we will nor could we really be able to lay claim that this encounter is really a paranormal encounter...I, for one am very skeptical of that claim, perhaps, in part because I have never had the experience, yet I also hold a masters in clinical psychology so, I have a tendency to be more inclined towards a psychological answer.....
Either, way, it was a excellent question, I will be more aware of the possibility in the future...
Posted 05 July 2004 - 11:52 PM
This reminds me of a medical research article I read a while ago regarding organ transplant recipients. A good number of them started taking on the habits/tastes/traits of the deceased donors. For ex, one patient hated anything with nuts in his food. After he received the donor heart of a person who like nuts, he developed an insatiable taste for peanut butter. What I find interesting about this article is that the organ recipients knew nothing about their donors before hand.
Posted 06 July 2004 - 08:58 AM
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