Is there a correlation between high levels of religiosity and mental illness, pa

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  1. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

    Is there a correlation between high levels of religiosity and mental illness, particularly

    delusion, psychosis, and schizophrenia?  Give analytical answers please.

  2. abdussalaam profile image82
    abdussalaamposted 3 years ago

    Extreme levels of religiosity can lead to bigotry; but I am unaware of any psychological terms to describe those that are overzealous.

  3. Austinstar profile image85
    Austinstarposted 3 years ago

    There are several studies that have been done that show MRI readings comparing religious/mental illness versus "average or normal" brains. The religious/mental ill people have observable differences in which parts of their brains "light up" when thinking about various subjects (as compared to "normal" subjects).
    Also, Dr. Michael Persinger has developed a "God Helmet" that stimulates religious "experiences" by stimulating certain parts of the brain -
    I have also read other studies that conclusively show that "religious" personalities are quite different than non-religious personalities.
    And there are distinct correlations between intelligence tests and religiosity as well, with the religious IQ levels being quite a bit lower than non-religious IQ levels.
    There is so much research done in this field that I feel it is conclusive, but again, it's not just ONE thing that we can point to and say, "This proves that religious brains are totally different from non-religious ones", but the evidence is there if you search for it.

    1. Misfit Chick profile image74
      Misfit Chickposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      If even a fraction of that is true - it would certainly explain a lot.

      I know I have often wondered if there are different 'levels' of evolved people mixed in with more 'primal' ones - and we all try to force each other to fit in 'where we're at'.

    2. Austinstar profile image85
      Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I think you may have a valid point there. Ancient alien theories have neanderthals mating with advanced extraterrestrials producing smart apes, lol.

    3. cathylynn99 profile image77
      cathylynn99posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      there is little correlation between religiosity and mental illness, but here's a small one: … 97025.html

    4. Austinstar profile image85
      Austinstarposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Sorry, but most religious people who "hear voices", "have hallucinations", and "talk to god" can probably be classified as schizophrenic. (Nat'l Inst. of Health) reference.


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