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  •  "psychological community; gospel-like belief? ??? (2+ / 0-)
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    Alexandra Lynch, Lucy Montrose

    You say,"BELIEF that religion makes you happier"
     Lucy M, can you show me where this contention was not the result of a Poll or a study.
    As I understand it Psychologist usually rely on science & not blind belief as your comment suggests to me.
    Or, am I reading what you say wrong?

    •  Here is what I found (0+ / 0-)

      (There's even a Wikipedia entry about religion and happiness.)

      There have been many studies correlating religiosity with happiness. Recently, though, there have been some conflicting studies suggesting that the true benefit of religious participation is in the social connection more than the spirituality.

      A meta-analysis of 34 recent studies published between 1990 and 2001 found that religiosity has a salutary relationship with psychological adjustment, being related to less psychological distress, more life satisfaction, and better self-actualization.[14]
      That time frame is about right for the wealth of studies coming out vouching for the health and happiness benefits of churchgoing, and especially the healing power of prayer. The opinion on these studies was largely one-sided in favor of prayer until 2006, when the first of many skeptical studies came out. That was when America really started to question the wisdom of Republican and Bush rule. Coincidence?

      In the Wikipedia entry, though, I noticed something interesting: a reference to a study in Denmark establishing NO correlation between religion and happiness. The researcher, Liesbeth Snoep, said this in the paper's abstract:
      Yet most studies were done in the USA and the balance of effects may be different in other countries, in particular in countries where the social and economic functions of churches are less prominent and where believers are in the minority.

      So the salubrious effects of religion in America, as compared to the less religious Denmark, may simply be the result of feeling good at being part of a culturally privileged class? Sure sounds like it to me.

      Even though these studies are careful to say correlation does not imply causation-- that doesn't stop America from feeling that correlation and causation are equal. Functionally, we believe they are the same.  Now that is a belief that we would all do well to challenge.

      Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

      by Lucy Montrose on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 04:09:40 PM PDT

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