Thoughts From MY Cluttered Mind offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Bipolar Disorder myself and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Why do you believe in God? Is it your faith that draws you or loneliness

Do you believe in God? Do you believe in angels, miracles or other supernatural beings? It is believed that for some, believing in these things is more mere survival than an understanding or feeling.

Researchers
at the University of Chicago say that we, as humans are social creatures, while not essential we look for a connection to people, to share our lives and form relationships. For most people the idea of being alone or isolated can be devastating, no matter the reason.

It is believed through research that when a feeling of loneliness is present, a person will often do one of three things; there may make an attempt to rekindle old friendships, try to create new ones or in some cases will form connections by personalizing gadgets, like computers, cars, pets or religious figures.

In order to test their theories, groups of people were brought together to try to induce the feelings of loneliness in order to monitor how it affects how they perceive pets and/or belief in religious fixtures. Those who feel lonely showed a stronger belief in the supernatural, be it ghosts, angels, miracles, and God.

Overall, this study showed that whether a person feels lonely, or are "induced" to feel lonely, the tendency to lean towards the supernatural was prevalent. In the end, it was seen that these attachments are not necessarily wrong, being connected socially to other people seems to produce the same feelings of belonging as those with a closer connection to pet and/or religious agents.

It just goes to show that we may not actually be alone; wherever we may be it is possible to combat the feelings of loneliness in many ways.