I see clearly how people irrationally think or believe something, to self soothe, as a coping strategy, as a self serving need.
Clear example…. the theories for paedophilia. There is no cure for it. There are only theories about it’s causes. I’ve done my research.
Most paedophiles, have not been sexually abused. So people will theorise, it is some kind of abuse/neglect. But, that is all it is ….. a theory. There is no proven known cause. Nothing in neuroscience has identified a cause. Fact.
Why do people choose to believe theories? Like with most of humanity who choose to believe theories – there are a variety of reasons. In this case, it helps cope with the vile, disgusting facts of paedophilia. It rationalises why they have these thoughts/needs. Some like to believe theories, because they feel it makes them more compassionate (self serving). Some need to excuse/rationalise it, as the reality is too ‘vile’ to deal with (self soothing). Or both.
Theories, make life easier. They help people cope. Reality and truth, rarely come into people’s coping styles.
I will not believe theories, because it makes my life easier, or I need an ego boost to believe I am ‘oh so compassionate’.
I’ll stick with reality, truth….. not self soothing, self serving. I don’t delude myself, like many choose.