Is there a term for this - the notion or delusion of believing we have to discover the plan for our lives that was set by a deity?
Just to clarify, a common thought process of many religious believers is to seek out their pre-established purpose or purposes, those designed by the deity they believe in. If we were to look at this from a psychological perspective, it would likely be considered a delusion, one that I would love to know a term for. I have seen long sections wasted in people's lives because they were praying to know, fasting to know, serving, reading scriptures, overbearingly obeying this commandment and that ordinance or ritual - all to know what they are supposed to do with their lives. I'd like to either find a term for this delusion or create one. Thanks.