Interesting Points on Religion in Social Psychology.

 

  • Religion and Spirituality is hard to define because narrow definitions are limited and broad definitions lose distinctive characteristics.
  • Most U.S. citizens believe that God exists, practice religious rituals, say religion is important to them, and have religious affiliation.
  • Diverse cultures have religious development that parallels general development and psychological development.
  • “…Many of the mores [views intuitively accepted] and norms of any culture are rooted in religious perspectives that provide an acceptable range of alternatives for normative behavior in any culture…”
  • The spiritual quest of religion brings about major complex thinking while those who follow without question are provided with social support.
  • Religion largely affects a person’s emotion which usually entails the “religious experience.”
  • Religion seems to negatively enhance mental illness but it also provides alternative treatments to illnesses.
  • Religion provides safe havens, helps aged find meaning and purpose in life, gives hope at the end of the life cycle (death), and coping with negative life events.
  • Religion also provides an ethical basis of living that governs healthy sexuality, diet, social functions (helping impoverished), etc.; also largely prevents drug and alcohol abuse, hedonistic deviancy, and non-altruistic behavior (theft, violence, etc.).

Source: http://www.psy.miami.edu/faculty/mmccullough/Papers/conceptualizing_religion_and_spirituality_jtsb.pdf

*Most of the statistics in the article are outdated, though the principles stated in the points of this article remain the same.

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