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    No soulmates. Just a silly romantic ideal.

    I think of it as a sort of threshold thing -- there's some scoring system of traits for each possible partner. Observed traits are tallied in some function and if the resulting value is high enough, the relationship will work. The function itself depends on whatever the person's psychological state happens to be at the time. The output of the function changes when psychological states change or when the possible partner's trait list changes. And the threshold point for a relationship being worth it can also change with psychological state.

    There's some reassessment process in which you re-evaluate your partner regularly (which is basically running the current trait list through the current function and using the current threshold point), which is why relationships end all the time!

    But yeah, soulmates? Don't see how that could be consistent with my understanding.

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    i belive in mind mates
    "Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling."
    — C.G. Jung

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    i belive in mind mates
    Mmmmm brainconnections

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    I dont believe in soulmates

    I even feel currently like I am unable to fall in love !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eowyn View Post
    I don't particularly believe in soul mates. I believe it's more of a mixture of personality, character, and life outlook.
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    Strange it seems sometimes people enter your life that seems so perfectly timed. (karma! destiny! God! etc.)
    That's probably one aspect of the whole "soulmate" thing. I think it's just another name to describe ^.

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    No. I barely understand the concept.
    Soulmates = good timing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by astroninja View Post
    Strange. I thought that way about my credit card debt before. I don't 'see' it, but hell, it's there.
    "To believe and to know are the two focal points of an ellipse"

    *cough* I tend to remember quotes I read once but I've no clue who said it
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    I think the possibility of feeling a "soul connection" is always there, it's just how we're "tuned" at a given moment that determines the way things work out.

    If you're not able to experience your friendships as "cosmic bonds" because you think such a thing is a logical fallacy, then indeed you'll never find a soulmate. I don't know if that's regrettable; I guess we're just predisposed to think that way, or not. The illusion of having a soulmate might be pleasant and consoling at times; on the other hand, it doesn't say anything about how much you practically contribute to eachothers wellbeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yloh View Post
    Peanut butter is the soulmate of jelly
    Peanut butter is the soulmate of chocolate
    Chocolate is the soulmate of mints
    Chocolate is the soulmate of strawberries
    Chips is the soulmate of salsa
    Chips is the soulmate of nacho cheese
    I like it. Also...

    Tobacco is the soulmate of coffee
    Tobacco is the soulmate of beer

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    As others have said, I think that a soulmate is somebody who has many things in common with you, so many that it almost like meeting oneself. We think we are simply 'in love' when actually we have found somebody who has so many of the same genes as us that when we reproduce our offspring will be little [near] clones of us. There is an ease to these rarer relationships and a resonance between parties which seems effortless, at least at first. It is qualitatively different than other relationships which are more common, and not of the soulmate variety.

    There also might be a spiritual aspect to this which in nature may have helped in mating and offspring survival. It seems that when two people really hit it off to the point where they consider themselves soulmates there is a psychic component. Some ESP, finishing eachother's sentences, feeling one another's pain are not uncommon.

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