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Do soul mates really exist?
By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.
Do soul mates really exist?
He was my soul mate. I can never forget about him
I know that these phrases sound familiar. I always get similar messages from readers of 2knowmyself. Many people ask me whether soul mates really exist or whether the concept is just a myth.
My opinion about such a topic might not matter because it might be based on my own view of the world however what matters the most is what psychology says about the existence of soul mates.
In this article i will tell you whether soul mates really exist or not based on psychology's opinion.
The existence of soul mates, fact or myth
This example will tell you whether soul mates exist or not. When Sarah was young she didn't get any attention from her distant father. Sarah grew up believing that she is not that important but because that belief would have hurt her emotions if it was brought to her consciousness it was buried inside her subconscious mind.
One day Sarah met that handsome guy who was really kind to her and who in the same time had similar face features to her father. Even though she didn't realize the similarity she started to think that this guy is her soul mate.
Sarah has been watching romantic movies since she were 12 and she thought that this guy is her soul mate because the feelings she got was really similar to the ones she saw in the movies. For Sarah, soul mates existed without doubt but was this belief true?
Why soul mates don't exist
In fact Sarah loved the guy and even thought that he is her soul mate because he helped her satisfy one of the very important needs she had. She always wanted her father to care for her and now she met someone who looks like her father who can take care of her.
That's not the end of the story, Sarah and her soul mate (at least according to her own perception) ended up together. Sarah startedbuilding her self confidence after she joined a 6 month confidence building course and there she was taught to feel good about herself even if no body appreciated her.
Suddenly and without understanding why that soul mate became less attractive to her and she was really wondering why is she losing interest in the relationship even though she found her soul mate!!
The soul mate concept is a non existent myth
In my article Love psychology i said that we fall in love with others to satisfy our unmet needs, to compensate for our weaknesses and to avoid the problems that happened to us in the past then believe that we found our soul mate.
Soul mates exist but only in movies! As a result of the movies you have been watching since your childhood you were programmed to believe in the existence of soul mates and that's why:
In short, sorry to disappoint you but soul mates don't exist. We fall in love with people when they meet our subconscious criteria which is a list of conditions present in our minds that is based on our pasts, unmet needs and the desire to compensate for our weaknesses.
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