Religion and Self Control: How One Helps the Other

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A study conducted by Queen University proved that thinking about one’s religion helped them gain self control on later. After the unscrambled sentences which contained religiously oriented words, individuals engaged in this study experienced more self control, says lead researcher and psychology graduate student Kevin Rounding who worked on the study. The individuals were given sentences to unscramble, which contained five words. Many contained religious themes while others did not. Once done with the unscrambling of sentences, these individuals were asked to complete another set of tasks which needed self control – delaying satisfaction, enduring uneasiness, refraining from spontaneous responses and exerting tolerance.

This showed that the individuals who unscrambled the religious themed sentences demonstrated much self control while performing other tasks, than other individuals. The most interesting features about the study was the finding which proved that religious concepts helped the individuals refuel self control after it was worn-out by many other unconnected tasks, says Mr. Rounding. If we put in other words, even in cases when they predicted individuals to be unable to put forth self control, after having completed their religiously themed tasks, they defied logic and proved that the individuals had the ability to muster self control.

Till date, the researchers believed that religion was just a matter of faith and that the individuals had practical use for knowledge. The research in fact suggests that religion helps in serving a very important function in the community. People get attached to religion not only for fears and transcendence which concerns death and after life but they turn to religion doe other practical purpose. The individuals very well know that religion gives them the ability to become tolerant and gain self control thus making their lives much relaxing. Other members engaged in research team included Albert Lee, a psychology student, Li-Jun Ji and Jill Jacobson from Queen University. Psychology Science got the study published in a recent issue.




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