Who Is Your Fictional Soulmate

“A soulmate is someone who has a long-term impact on your life.” Your soulmate is a companion on your life's journey; you both need each other to progress beyond your unique boundaries.”

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Do fictional characters exist?

The things that fictional characters say and do do not truly happen, and everything that is derived from this—that is, the profound truths about the human condition that we are meant to learn from literature—is based on nothing true.

What age is your soulmate?

The typical woman discovers her life partner at the age of 25, while males are more likely to find their soulmate at the age of 28, with half of people finding ‘the one' in their twenties, according to the study.

They also discovered that most people waited five months to declare “I love you” for the first time, as well as update their relationship status on Facebook, and six months to be granted their own drawer at their partner's house.

Is soulmate real?

Soulmates are real and can be confirmed by science, according to the very out-there website The Science of Soulmates. However, after reading through the lengthy, wordy site, you'll discover that the “scientifically verified” hypotheses stated on the site to illustrate that soulmates are real are quite woo-woo.

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TL;DR: Soulmates appear to be one manifestation of the energy patterns that run through everything in the universe. “Scientific instruments recorded proof of a fundamental energy pattern that exposes the source of existence and the phenomena of soulmates,” according to the website.

Despite the fact that this “proof” is muddled and difficult to understand, it appears that some people believe that soulmates can be discovered by researching energy patterns. I'm open to this idea — I was raised in a nontraditional environment and am open to many transcendental concepts — but I'm not convinced this site actually gives much scientific proof that soulmates exist. So, it's back to square one.

Where I meet my soulmate?

If you're anything like me, you'll look like a clammy, wet trainwreck after every workout. The gym isn't the place to flaunt your gorgeous side, but you don't have to look like a swan all of the time if you're serious about someone. If there's a regular at the gym you'd want to meet, go up to him or her when you're ready. Not to go all schoolgirl on you, but if approaching strangers makes you anxious, bring a friend with you. You're not the only one who feels this way.

Why do I think fictional characters are real?

Our ability to empathize is the final reason for our belief that fictitious people are real. Our human ability to empathy allows us to identify emotionally with, or feel the feelings of, fictitious characters. Affective empathy, which deals with feelings, and cognitive empathy, which deals with thoughts, are the two basic types of empathy. Affective or emotional empathy is the ability to respond to another's mental states with an appropriate emotion. As a result of reading and visualizing someone who is depressed, you are sad. When you witness someone in a film getting rejected, they cry, and as a result, you cry as well. The more you feel, the better the depiction is. When you have affective empathy, you can feel pity and compassion for others in reaction to their pain (it makes you say “I'm sorry…”). You can also experience personal anguish if you are experiencing agony as a result of someone else's suffering.

Reason 8 – It's the way our brains work

Empathetic feelings and behaviours are most likely not formed in a single part of the brain. However, there are some locations that are linked. The problem here isn't just deciphering sensory information. The issue is the mirroring of sensory processing outputs. Multiple sensory modality inputs, such as proprioception (movement, position), vision, auditory system, tactile (touch), olfactory (smell), vestibular system, interoception, and taste, are converted into useful functional outputs by sensory processing in the brain. Various sensory organ inputs are processed in different sections of the brain, but they are functionally integrated so that we may perceive what our bodies sense about our environment using multiple inputs. Almost every task we engage in requires multisensory integration.

The chemical synapse scheme of the brain's neurons (brain cells) is depicted in the diagram above. Electrical signals are generated by neurons and pass along their axons. When a pulse of electricity hits a synapse, it triggers the release of a neurotransmitter chemical, which binds to receptors on other cells and modifies their electrical activity. (Image courtesy of the US National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Wikimedia Commons, Rtrvd. 2017-05-25)

The sensory nervous system is made up of neurons and neural circuits that respond to the senses (from Latin sensus ‘faculty of feeling, thought, and meaning'). The mirror neuron system is a collection of specialized neurons that are thought to mirror each other “Other neurons' actions and behaviors “mirror” their own. Social cognition, language, empathy, theory of mind, and neuropsychiatric illnesses are all affected by the mirror neuron system. Mirror neurons, according to some experts in Cognitive Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology, are vital for interpreting other people's activities and learning new skills through imitation. Mirror neurons have been linked to language ability by certain researchers.

The lobes of the brain are depicted in the image above. The frontal lobe (red), parietal lobe (orange), temporal lobe (green), occipital lobe (yellow), and insula (purple) are the four brain lobes depicted. The brain stem (black) and the cerebellum are two others (sky blue). (Polygon data courtesy of Database Center for Life Science, which produced and maintains BodyParts 3D.) (DBCLS). CC BY-SA 2.1 jp (Source: Wikimedia, Rtrvd. 2017-05-25) (CC BY-SA 2.1 jp) (CC BY-SA 2.1 jp) (CC BY-SA 2.1 jp) (CC BY-SA 2.1 j

Though studies of persons with diseases like autism and trials on monkeys have added to our understanding of where and what mirror neurons are, the whole function of the mirror neuron system has yet to be proven.

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Mirror neurons, according to neuroscientists like Marco Iacoboni (UCLA), are the neurological underpinning of the human capacity for emotions like empathy.

“It's likely that mirror neurons help us understand others by giving some kind of inner replication of other people's activities, which enables us to “simulate” the intents and feelings associated with those actions.” When I see you grin, my smiling mirror neurons fire up as well, triggering a cascade of brain activity that elicits the experience we identify with a smile.”

(In The Mirror Neuron Revolution: Explaining What Makes Humans Social, Jonah Lehrer interviews Marco Iacoboni, author of Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect With Others, Scientific American, rtrvd. 2017-05-25)

Mirror neuron research is still ongoing. According to a study published in April 2010 (by Roy Mukamel, Arne D. Ekstrom, and others in Current Biology, Volume 20, Issue 8, p.750–756, 27 April 2010), recordings could be made from single neurons with mirror properties located in a specific area of the human brain, namely the Smedial frontal lobe (SMA) and the medial temporal lobe of the brain, in significant proportions.

“Prior to the discovery of mirror neurons, scientists assumed that our brains understand and predict other people's activities using rational reasoning processes. However, many people now believe that we understand others by feeling rather than reasoning. Mirror neurons, it appears, allow us to communicate with one another “Not only can you “simulate” other people's behaviors, but also their intents and feelings.

Because the same parts of the brain are active whether facial expressions are watched or made, the mirror neuron system appears to allow us to decode (receive and interpret) face expressions. Because we transmit our emotions primarily through facial expressions, the mirror neuron system plays a role in our ability to empathize and associate with others. We react to external stimuli, whether or not the stimuli are real.

The illustration above depicts the processing of sound, which is one sort of sensory input. It travels from the ear to the brain stem, via the brain, where it is decoded, and finally to the temporal lobe's auditory cortex, where it is processed and given meaning. (National Science Foundation, Zina Deretsky, source: Wikipedia, public domain image Rtrvd. 2017-05-25)

“Our experience of reading fiction is really real on a neurological level. That is undeniably true. The olfactory part of our brain lights up when we read about the scent of coffee, for example. We can't smell it, but we know what it smells like and can conjure it up. Particularly if the language is rich and aids in the re-creation of the experience. Similes let a wider range of readers experience the same emotion, based on our own internal experiences, while metaphors can help us have a dynamic, multi-sensory experience when we're reading.”

Conclusion: Sensory input from a picture, a book, or a film can be automatically replicated by certain neurons in our brains in response to specific sensory cues, allowing us to mimic other people's behaviors, or respond empathetically. This gives the impression that we are linked to a fictional character, that they are similar to us, and that we share their emotions. That's all I can think of at the moment.

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Does fictional mean real?

The term “fiction” refers to literature that is based on the author's imagination. Fiction categories include mysteries, science fiction, romance, fantasy, chick lit, and crime thrillers. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, George Orwell's 1984, and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice are examples of classic fiction. In addition, our Fiction Department provides a vast collection of DVDs of popular movies and television shows.

The term “nonfiction” refers to writing that is based on true events. It is the broadest literary category. Biographies, business, food, health and fitness, pets, crafts, home decorating, languages, travel, home renovation, religion, art and music, history, self-help, true crime, science, and humor are just a few of the topics covered in the Nonfiction Department. A segment of popular and award-winning documentary DVDs is also available.