What are the psychological effects of losing your religion?

Christian Jarrett BPS Research Digest April 6, 2018 For many, their religion is a core part of their identity, the meaning they find in life, and their social world. It seems likely that changing this crucial aspect of themselves will have significant psychological consequences. A devout person would probably predict these will be unwelcome – ...

Avoiding Inconvenient Truths When We Just Don’t Want to Know

New data shows we avoid facts that conflict with our feelings Jane Adams Ph.D. Psychology Today Mar 13, 2018 When information is easily accessed and costs us nothing, why do we ignore it? New data[1] from a study of intuitive-deliberative conflict – referred to more colloquially as the head vs. heart debate – identifies this ...

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Religious (Dis)Affiliation and Depressive Symptomatology

Matthew May Oakland University, Rochester, MI, USA Sage Journals Society and Mental Health December 29, 2017 Abstract Religious affiliation is generally associated with better mental health. The nonreligious, however, currently constitute one of the fastest-growing religious categories in the United States. Since most of the nonreligious were raised in religious homes, their growth raises important ...

Are New Religions Harmful?

From INFORM Some minority religions sometimes harm some people. But, simply because a religion is unfamiliar, or new or ‘different’ does not mean that it is necessarily a cause for concern. Research shows that much of the ‘conventional wisdom’ about the movements is not always well-founded.Criminal, dangerous or even ‘anti-social’ behaviour is by no means typical of all ...

Logic-Tight Compartments: How our modular brains lead us to deny and distort evidence

michaelshermer.comMichael Shermer How our modular brains lead us to deny and distort evidence January 1, 2013 IF YOU HAVE PONDERED how intelligent and educated people can, in the face of overwhelming contradictory evidence, believe that that evolution is a myth, that global warming is a hoax, that vaccines cause autism and asthma, that 9/11 was orchestrated ...

Parents, Children and Cults: A Deprogramming Survey

In order to help parents decide what to do about children in cults, the American Family Foundation’s ADVISOR (predecessor of The Cult Observer), a periodical read by several thousand people, most of whom are disturbed by aspects of the cult phenomenon, published a questionnaire in 1982.  Ninety-four parents responded, providing a variety of data on family background and experiences ...

Yet Another Look At The Transcendental Meditation Paper

Forbes Larry Husten November 25, 2012 Editor’s note: Below are two responses to Robert Schneider’s defense of his Transcendental Meditation paper, which Schneider wrote in response to my earlier article about the publication of his paper.  In the first part I respond to some of the general issues raised by Schneider. The second part, from Sanjay Kaul, addresses the ...