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Why does religious belief have a strong effect on people?

What are the psychological and sociological factors that cause religious belief to be so strong that many people cling to it over rational thought?

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I think everyone started learning about religion while they are so young and it really affects people's mind, even if they get old..

Ignatius Level 3 Nov 25, 2018
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Cos they don’t know what happens on pegging out , and they follow almost blindly the herberts who tell them that they know .

Hebert54 Level 7 Nov 25, 2018
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Because they interact with the very crucial grieving process and appeal to subconscious dreams hopes and aspirations.

Charlie_tM Level 3 Nov 23, 2018
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Psychologically, when people have a problem it's hard to conquer it if they are entwined with the problem. If they are a part of the problem it's hard for them to accept that and find a solution. So, believing in religion is actually a form of externalization. What a problem is externalized, you could talk about it and conquer it much more easily. For example, fear is having an effect on me vs I'm so scared I can't do it. It's more empowering to externalize something and then take care of something.

entirelyalicia Level 2 Nov 22, 2018
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It's my belief that some people don't have the self-control to get their shit together on their own. Some people need to believe that there's a higher power up there that expects them and wants them to do certain things. So, they do the right thing for the higher power rather than hold the responsibility themselves, and possibly not do the right thing because there is no one holding them accountable but themselves.

entirelyalicia Level 2 Nov 22, 2018
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