Belief in Angry God and Mental Health

Analyzing a Gallup survey conducted in 2010, the researchers sought to determine how one’s perception of God — as punitive, benevolent, or indifferent — was associated with five different psychiatric symptoms: general anxiety, social anxiety, paranoia, obsession, and compulsion.

Respondents’ characterizations of God were gleaned from their opinions of how six adjectives — absolute, critical, just, punishing, severe, or wrathful — applied to God. A numbering system was used to gauge the degree to which the subject viewed the adjective as an accurate descriptor of God (very well = 4; somewhat well = 3, not very well = 2, etc.). In a similar fashion, respondents answered queries designed to measure the five aforementioned psychiatric symptoms.

via Belief in Angry God Associated with Poor Mental Health – Blog.

So… there seems to be a correlation between the person’s mental health and their view of God. Often it is said that the image a child has of his or her father is the image he or she has of God.

Anyway, I want to tuck this away for future reference…

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