Prayer allows people to keep control of their emotions and actions, a new study says.
Previous studies have found that when people try hard to control their thoughts and emotions, the buildup of emotion can result in aggressive outbursts or in binge eating or drinking, the Daily Mail reported.
But the new study by German psychologists at Saarland University and the University of Mannheim found that prayer reduces those chances.
"A brief period of personal prayer buffered the self-control depletion effect," the researchers wrote. The findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
they participated in Stroop tests, in which the names of colors were shown written in ink of a different color than the color's name. They were told to name the color rather than reading the word, which requires self-control.
Those who did not pray before watching the funny videos had more trouble with the Stroop test, indicating that praying before performing the task of controlling emotions helped people retain control when performing the Stroop test.
Additionally, the study found that those who prayed tried just as hard to control their emotions while watching the videos, but did not deplete their capacity for self-control.
reply to post by Stormdancer777
Not that I would verify their finding with my own opinion but yea it really has worked for me when things weren't looking very good . Not saying it changed the results of what I prayed about but I was very content with the outcomes .....
reply to post by marg6043
Meditation and reciting mantras does the same thing,
I don't disagree with that, I have done both, but prayer, for me anyway, seems to be the most powerful.
Meditation and reciting mantras does the same thing, is all in the mind and what people think that works for them.
No offence but this is misleading. You can have the exact same effects with meditation and no religious assembly required or bronze-age skyghosts.
reply to post by LittleByLittle
That was very beautiful, I see why you feel good listening. I love Om Mani Padme Hum mantra, I happen to get my hands on a very also beautiful song using just the mantra, many years ago, I lost the link many years ago also during one of those back in the days computer crashes, but I still have the song.
"Hail to the Jewel of the Lotus!" It is also interpreted as "Hail to Man's Overself!," where there is no death.