EXAMPLES+FOR+201 - Introduction Religion has always been a...

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Introduction Religion has always been a significant factor in human life. Religion has influenced humankind in almost all aspects of living, ranging from politics to personal values. Religion is often thought of as a way to answer the “big” questions like “what is the purpose of life?” Therefore it is often thought that religion provides a peace of mind that enables one to be more content and satisfied with life. Is this true; does religion really have the capability of, in essence, making one happier? This question branches out into many other subsequent questions such as: what aspect of religion makes a person happy? For example, is prayer the path to happiness? Or if religion does make us happier, then would it be plausible to use religion in psychotherapy? Also, what age group is most affected by the presence of religion? When addressing these issues, there needs to be a clear understanding of what religiosity is. Religiosity is “phenomena that include some relevance to traditional institutionalized searches to acknowledge and maintain some relationship with the transcendent” (Hackney and Sanders, 44). I will be researching the relationship between religiosity and well being. This question can be discussed from many different angles and is a highly debatable question. First, religion is assumed to have a positive effect on a person’s well-being but the measures of religiosity differ. Also, different aspects of religion may have different impacts on happiness such as individual prayer versus church, temple, mosque, etc. attendance. There is also the notion that personality may be the true factor in influencing one’s happiness rather than religiosity. I believe religiosity does have a positive relationship with a person’s well being. Confusion
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When it comes to religiosity’s effect on the well being of humans, there has always been a variety of contradicting data. Charles H. Hackney and Glenn S. Sanders partially explain the multiplicity of confusing and contradictory findings within this field of inquiry with a quote in their paper Religiosity and Mental Health: A Meta–Analysis of Recent Studies: “Depending on which definitions of religiosity and psychological adjustment one used, evidence could be found supporting a positive relationship between religiosity and mental health (consistent with studies such as Koenig and Larson 2001), supporting a negative relationship (consistent with studies such as Schafer 1997), and supporting the position that there is no relationship (consistent with studies such as Lewis et al. 1997)” (51). This quote explains that the results of such research can be altered by differentiations in the definitions of said terms used during the research. The way religiosity is defined can very much be the determining factor in whether data will support or negate the theory that religiosity has an effect on well being. Personality Variable
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