Religious people are only psychologically well-adjusted in communities that value religion

Discussion in 'Education, Research and Inside Reports' started by Anonymous, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Anonymous Member

    Research that might explain what happened to Alan after being kicked out of the Church in

    Psychological research has found that religious people feel great about themselves, with a tendency toward higher social self-esteem and better psychological adjustment than non-believers. But a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this is only true in countries that put a high value on religion.
    The researchers got their data from eDarling, a European dating site that is affiliated with eHarmony. Like eHarmony, eDarling uses a long questionnaire to match clients with potential dates. It includes a question about how important your personal religious beliefs are and questions that get at social self-esteem and how psychologically well-adjusted people are. Jochen Gebauer of the Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, Constantine Sedikides of the University of Southampton, and Wiebke Neberich of Affinitas GmbH in Berlin, the company behind eDarling, used 187,957 people's answers to do their analyses.
    As in other studies, the researchers found that more religious people had higher social self-esteem and where psychologically better adjusted. But they suspected that the reason for this was that religious people are better in living up to their societal values in religious societies, which in turn should lead to higher social self-esteem and better psychological adjustment. The people in the study lived in 11 different European countries, ranging from Sweden, the least religious country on the planet, to devoutly Catholic Poland. They used people's answers to figure out how religious the different countries were and then compared the countries.
    On average, believers only got the psychological benefits of being religious if they lived in a country that values religiosity. In countries where most people aren't religious, religious people didn't have higher self-esteem. "We think you only pat yourself on the back for being religious if you live in a social system that values religiosity," Gebauer says. So a very religious person might have high social self esteem in religious Poland, but not in non-religious Sweden.
    In this study, the researchers made comparisons between different countries, but another study found a similar effect within one country, between students at religious and non-religious universities. "The same might be true when you compare different states in the U.S. or different cities," Gebauer says. "Probably you could mimic the same result in Germany, if you compare Bavaria where many people are religious and Berlin where very few people are religious."
  2. AnonLover Member

    a ling would be nice when you cough up these interesting hairballs.
  3. adhocrat Member

    The ling is there, the very first word. Just hard to make out.
    I used to find it so easy to make out
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  4. AnonLover Member

  5. adhocrat Member

    The study make sense. We are creatures of our culture. Though it needs to be pointed out what the first four letters of CULTure say. Culture is the embodiment of the irrationality of society. People develop community, not culture
  6. Anonymous Member

    tl;dr: the study of faith=/=the study of pubic hair
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  7. AnonLover Member

    now if only i could find the other recent thread or two similar to this OP, quoting something academically intresting that i blew past cuz i didnt see no dang ling and said pssffffftt. :(
  8. Quentinanon Member

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  9. Anonymous Member

    Fatal flaw in OP - Scientology is not a religion.
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  10. AnonLover Member

    No it is not. But claiming to be one is the most powerful tool in its arsenal next to boatloads of cash.

    To truly spank their ass, requires ripping off the thick layers of religious cloaking. Erego, the "r" word matters in relation to scientology, despite their fail at being one.
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  11. Anonymous Member

    For those of us with Firefox:
    1. install the Stylish extension <- yes it's a link.
    2. Restart Firefox
    3. Click the Stylish icon in the add-on bar (Ctrl /) -> Write New Style -> For
    4. Copy the following code into the big edit box:
    @namespace url(;
    @-moz-document domain(""){a:link{color:#00f !important}}
    5. Click "Preview" button if you want to see it before clicking "Save". Done.
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  12. Anonymous Member

    Wrong code, it's this:
    @namespace url(;
    @-moz-document domain(""){a.externalLink{color:#00f !important}}
  13. Anonymous Member

    Testing 1 ... 2 ... 3 ...

    Is it possible to highlight links using the color text gizmo . . . bit of a work around for those struggling with code, I guess.
  14. AnonLover Member

  15. Anonymous Member

    Yes it is.
  16. adhocrat Member

    if a criminal con game is a religion, then yeah, you're right.

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