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Is there a correlation between mental disorders and mental rigidity?

I suspect that when people have very strong beliefs and it happens that this beliefs are dysfunctional they can incur into mental disorders. To further clarify the question it can be also reformulated in another way. Is it possible to state that most of people change their beliefs to become adaptive to the requirements of society while stubborn people don't?

Is that correct?

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Shog9 Nov 24 '14 at 17:27

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Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. – Shog9 Nov 24 '14 at 17:25
@Shog9 not all the comments were posted by me or the OP and might be relevant. <del>Also the question of this post as a whole being on topic still stands and </del>was a reason why whole thread started. Specifically speaking, I asked for clarification. Nothing wrong with that. – Tomáš Zato Nov 24 '14 at 17:31
I don't think most were relevant, @TomášZato. Finish your conversation in chat & post the conclusion here if you like; asking folks to read through the whole thing is a bit much. I've asked the mods here to review this question, so if you two haven't worked it out by then they'll make a final decision. – Shog9 Nov 24 '14 at 17:36
I had that feeling too. Strong unquestionable beliefs can be caused by dophamine excess. It can drive them too far. Such condition is believed to be related to shizophrenia (there's a dophamine schizophrenia theory). – noncom Oct 3 '15 at 23:39

I've read that a tendency to "jump to conclusions" has an impact on certain psychological afflictions, such as having delusions. As you may know, the definition of a delusion is as follows (this is just from Google dictionary):

an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder.

I am assuming that that sort of uncritical thinking is at least part of what you meant by "mental rigidity."

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I've observed this in my life but I don't think this really addresses the question. Might not be your fault as the question is quite unclear. – Tomáš Zato Nov 24 '14 at 8:53

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