Allow me to clarify what I meant by irrational beliefs/neurological disorders. Neurological disorders do sometimes cause irrational beliefs
in some people without a doubt. A person with a brain tumor,organic brain damage,alzheimer’s,schizophrenia,etc…will often hold irrational beliefs ofcourse.
However, if you studied all the people with irrational beliefs EXCLUDING
those with obvious disorders,like the ones I mentioned would a common
neurological “profile/s” emerge? I know that people believe all kinds of things for all kinds of reasons,but do certain neurological profiles incline
humans to believe and behave in an irrational manner?
Certain psychologists have used the term “shadow syndromes”
Basically, that means exhibiting one or more charecteristics
of one or more classified mental disorders,but not meeting
all the diagnostic criteria for them. It is possible that many
people with irrational beliefs could have a variety of shadow
syndromes that give them a propensity for irrational beliefs.
Many psychologists claim that serial killers and other anti-social types
very often exhibit poor frontal lobe functioning. This could lead to difficultly
with impulse control etc…I am fairly certain not all, or probably most people with low frontal lobe activity turn out to be serial killers/exceptionally anti-social. The jury is still out on whether
or not serial killers would be serial killers without some kind
of pre-existing neurological abnormalities. I tend to believe
something must be awry in their brains even if it has not yet
been discovered,I could be very wrong however.
Nature/nurture is responsible for our behaviors,beliefs,etc…The question is; are certain neurological profiles sometimes/often in
place that make “nurture’s job” alot easier? I strongly believe
that irrational beliefs often have a neurological componant.
In these cases,if the neurological componant,(however seemingly
mild and undetected) did not exist in the first place, the irrational
beliefs would either be non-existant, or atleast weaker.