Monday, March 18, 2024


We're all familiar with the word paranoia, but I recently learned there is also a state called metanoia, which was new to me. The original Greek word was compounded from the words metá for "beyond" (or "after"), and noeō for "perception" (or "understanding" or "mind"). 

According to Wikipedia, the original use of the word metanoia refers to "changing one's mind," usually through the experience of a psychotic "breakdown" and subsequent, positive psychological re-building or "healing" Metanoia: psychology

Conversion of a speaker into a head, just for fun!
It has been used with slightly different meanings in different contexts.(Metanoia - psychology). For instance, it has been used by Christian theology to indicate a spiritual conversion or change of heart through repentance (Metanoia: theology), which is somewhat different.

My understanding is that it refers to a major shift in one's perception after a life-changing or traumatic event, and is not necessarily linked to a religious conversion.

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