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Truly Religious or Merely Really Anxious

Well, what do you know, science shows that the very religious are no more than the very anxious...
Religious extremism driven by anxiety, says research
A series of studies published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who were asked whether they would die for their faith or support their country going to war in its defence were more likely to say yes when they were in anxiety-provoking situations...

...Earlier research by the same team found that strong religious beliefs are associated with low activity in the part of the brain that controls anxiety, the anterior cingulate cortex.
Prof McGregor says: "Taken together, the results of this research program suggest that bold but vulnerable people gravitate to idealistic and religious extremes for relief from anxiety."
Makes you wonder if psychologists armed with Diazepam, Prozac or ready made spliffs should be stationed at the doors of religious institutions, churches, mosques and synagogues etc.
Either way, the research adds a little gravitas to my Religion - Refuge of the Weak and Powerless? speculation, eh?




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