People take comfort in a wide range of philosophical, theological, and ontological beliefs, such as life after death or a loving and supportive deity, but scientific psychology is skeptical. The therapeutic tension can be resolved without needing to solve the underlying philosophical questions by ontological depressive realism: As CBT theory has recognized that unrealistic optimism can be a part of optimal mental health, this can apply to ontological questions of life after death, etc. This will allow the scientific and clinical community to work with the full range of possible beliefs and (purported) experiences without needing to accept, or even address, whether these things are based on any sort of objective truth.
David M. Perlman, Ph.D. 1 Minute
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Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology. UX research consultant. Caltech applied physics. Data science, politics, economics, behavioral economics, integrative systemic analysis. View all posts by David M. Perlman, Ph.D.