How can psychedelics affect cognitive categories?
— Psychedelics can temporarily break down overlearned categorizations and allow for new perceptions and learning to occur.
What is the relationship between categorization and implicit learning?
— Implicit learning dominates our thinking and behavior, leading to automatic but dysfunctional categorizations, but psychedelic usage can temporarily ameliorate the effects of overlearning and allow for new conceptions to be formed.
How do early experiences and environment influence our perceptions and behaviors?
— Our perceptions and behaviors can be strongly influenced by our early experiences and environment, leading to specialized perceptions that may not be adaptable to the broader world.
Can stress lead to neural and category death?
— Yes, stress can lead to neural and category death, which may be a necessary precondition for learning but can also cause extreme pain and psychological consequences such as depression.
How can exposure therapy help individuals grow and change?
— Exposure therapy helps individuals confront and modulate their implicit assumptions and micro categories to incrementally grow and change without undergoing traumatic stress-induced revolutions, with unlearning being just as important as learning in the process.
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