Am I correct in thinking this is related to the example of the OP who understands physical pain, but is unable to understand unseen or emotional pain, or apply one concept of pain to another?Laura said:Another thing that I have noticed in my mental review, which I then experimented with in relation to a couple of individuals that I was curious about and it seems to be a solid "test", is "the ability to learn from a particular situation and then transfer that learning to another situation that is similar in INTERNAL dynamics, but completely different in external form.
If so, I'm thinking OP's may have a certain way of 'processing' and using information that was understood by those "in the past." Perhaps this is one way they came to the conclusion, or came to realize, it was possible to hide, or encode, "the tradition" in plain sight in myths, legends, etc.-- because OP's are fundamentally unable to process information in the same way as a souled human. So it would be obscured from OP's, while at the same time leaving it 'available' for those with the ability to find and use it.
And I'm also thinking that the 'way' Laura's articles are written make them very difficult, perhaps impossible, for an OP to read, much less "get".
How many times have you read a novel and tried to discuss it with someone else, only to feel as though you are discussing two different books...because the other person totally missed the underlying themes; apparently unable to transfer that which is hinted at, alluded to, or portrayed, through the charactors and external situations in the book into more abstract or internal concepts that could be compared, or applied, to a different set of circumstances? I used to think it was simply a matter of differences in intelligence and experiences, and perhaps sometimes that's true, but I'm wondering now if there may sometimes be a different dynamic at work. That's not to say an OP couldn't learn to fake this ability, at least to some degree...but it wouldn't be easy for them, or so I would think. No wonder they are unable to exhibit true creativity!
Of course, not everyone who "reads" a novel in this 'incomplete' way is necessarily an OP, but perhaps if we can 'remember' the 'feeling' of such experiences with others it will give us a clue as to the 'flavor' of interacting with an OP?