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When taking in a situation, how much does the perception and predisposition to certain feelings (anger, anxeity, etc) as well as all the various enviroment inputs, like how one was raised, the things at stake, etc affect the outcome of this situation; and in this regard does that mean ones reality is either preordained to play out a certain way regardless of how much you try to steer it, or can we actively jump into bad habits or mind 'muscle memory' (For lack of a better description) and steer it.

For would this steering be also preordained, and thus reality will have the same outcome regardless of your perception of control? As every action comes from experience, memory, perception and so on that we are who we are; and we can't miracuously change a significant aspect of our personality or ego to actually affect reality.

This question, while teetering on the idea of fate is not what I am trying to say; I am not trying to claim there is a cosmos steering every person and situation (Although I am certainly not claiming against that fact either, one can not know that answer). Just that through all experience, knowledge, intelligence and ego that the outcome is certain unless you literally could pause reality and switch the person

  • It's not clear what the question is, what terms 'how much' could be answered in, or even whether your concern is perception, cognitive bias, or free will. You might be interested in Anil Seth's talk on how your brain hallucinates your conscious reality ted.com/talks/… – CriglCragl Aug 16 '18 at 10:26
  • @CriglCragl thanks the link; will check it out – Cacoon Aug 16 '18 at 11:18
  • Since you already answered your title question in the post what is the question for us? – Conifold Aug 16 '18 at 16:54
  • I simply provided my insight, I can’t know for certain whether I’m right and I am interested in being shown my theory holds less weight than others – Cacoon Aug 16 '18 at 21:06
  • Buddhist psychology attempts to understand how all intentions are rooted in a cycle of cause-and-effect and conditioning en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/… The Dhammapada says "Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox." – CriglCragl Aug 26 '18 at 0:50
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When you have sufficient self-awareness, apperception, to self-actualise your potential for rationalisation you ought to be able to analyse your behaviour and reactions so that you are not inevitably running down a preordained train-track.

Since some behaviours are born out of defence mechanisms and are opaque to the perceiver, some people go to a third-party, a psychoanalyst, for an outside opinion on where one might be overlooking a factor in one's behaviour. All this endeavour is aimed at developing rational self-awareness and self-control so that you are in control of your life.

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The idea that all our actions are the logical result of our previous experiences is called determinism. I think that you are asking if the world really is deterministic and that we cannot alter the outcome of a situation because it is the only logical outcome, or if we have free will and can alter that outcome according to our perception and reasoning.

The answer is : nobody knows.

Some people believe the world is deterministic, some believe it is not. The only thing that we know is that we cannot know for sure.

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    The balance of evidence from quantum mechanics is overwhelmingly against determinism - only the option of superdeterminism is left, which is unfalsifiable. But that's irrelevant to free will. – CriglCragl Aug 17 '18 at 20:10
  • @CriglCragl I had never heard of superdeterminism, interesting thanks. – OfficialQueensbridgeMurderers Aug 20 '18 at 18:01

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