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UK: Cause and effect?

January 4, 2013

A British study finds that ‘spiritual’ people — whatever that means — are more likely to suffer certain personality disorders.

Religious people and atheists were on par in regards to prevalence of mental disorders, but the religious were less likely to have ever used drugs or be a heavy drinker.

The spiritual people, on the other hand, were 50 per cent more likely to have an anxiety disorder, 72 per cent more likely to suffer from a phobia and 77 per cent more likely to have a drug dependency.


No information on the obvious question: do people get anxious because they’re ‘spiritual’, or become ‘spiritual’ because they’re anxious?


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