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Phenomenological experiences are altered during mental illnesses, is there a way to objectively know about them, or atleast know how we know about them?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to psych.SE. I am unclear about this question. "Phenomenological experiences are altered during mental illnesses" - I don't know what this means, can you elaborate / provide references? As well, the question in the body of the post differs from that in the title. Also, this question sounds like the hard problem of consciousness, which is unlikely to get answered here. $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg May 22 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ Hi, Thank you for replying. By altered phenomenological experiences I am referring to the kind of experiences where subjective experience is structurally changed. A loose example for this would be disruption of minimal self. Or, when someone talks about the feeling of emptiness, it's a phenomenological change that one is observing. In many mental illnesses the structure of subject itself is altered, while being able to observe them at the same time. $\endgroup$ – Shubham May 23 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ The question in the body I am asking two things, if 1. is it possible to investigate the content of phenomenological experiences itself 2. How does our mind allow us to observe such experiences. Now that you've said it its starting to sound like the hard problem to me too, but it is different in the sense, it assumes consciousness to some extent, but is more of a problem of how neuroscience defines the self and its boundaries, if at all it is possible to experimentally investigate the changes to self as an entity during mental illness. $\endgroup$ – Shubham May 23 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnonWeinberg I have added some clarifications $\endgroup$ – Shubham May 24 at 0:34
  • $\begingroup$ I'm also not quite sure what your questions are about. They seem to be a mixture of neuroscientific, medical, and philosophical questions. Anyway, you might find some answers to your questions in chapters about qualia, consciousness, and self at this website. It discusses phenomenological experiences of these phenomena in mostly medical and neuroscientific ways but also with some philosophical points. $\endgroup$ – user287279 May 25 at 1:37

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