Blow to the head makes people feel good about religion
Brain damage, satisfaction and 'higher power' linked
Psychologists in the US report that people who have suffered a serious blow to the head and who have "a sense of connection to a higher power" tend to report feelings of much greater life satisfaction.
The revelation comes in a study carried out by psychology PhD candidate Brigid Waldron-Perrine and her colleagues, supervised by trick-cycling professor Lisa J Rapport of Wayne State uni.
Having carried out a survey of 88 traumatic brain injury (TBI) sufferers and their significant others, Waldron-Perrine and her colleagues report:
The results indicate that religious well-being (a sense of connection to a higher power) was a unique predictor for life satisfaction, distress and functional ability whereas public religious practice and existential well-being were not.
Or in other words – among people who have been hit hard on the head – religious types enjoy life much more.
Plainly, however, there's no need to be a regular churchgoing religious type to receive this handy benefit.
"[TBI sufferers] often must rely on others for scheduling and transportation to social events, so their public religious participation does not wholly reflect their true use of religious resources," speculates Waldron-Perrine.
"Perhaps especially for those with limited means and few alternatives, religion can take on great power as a psychosocial resource," she adds.
The psychologists' paper can be read here in the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. ®
A friend of mine had part of his brain removed due to a tumour. Afterwards he became extremely religious. It all makes sense now. You need to have your brain damaged to become a God botherer. Waiting for comon sense and logic to fly out of the window and the flaming to begin.
Is that why when people get hit on the head they shout....
Do Your Good Deed for the Day - Hit a Religious Nutter Upside the Head
So to be a Happy Clappy Religious Nut, the 'Clappy' needs to be applied to the head.
I'm always happy to help ..