Sociologist: Concept of God impacts power of prayer, anxiety-related disorders

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Monday, August 18, 2014Faith

Prayer seems to be more effective easing anxiety for those who believe in a loving God. (Creative Commons photo by Leland Francisco)
Prayer seems to be more effective easing anxiety for those who believe in a loving God. (Creative Commons photo by Leland Francisco)

A Baylor University sociologist finds that prayer is more effective in easing anxiety when the pray-er believes in a loving, dependable God.

By Terry Goodrich

Prayer seems to be more effective at combating psychological challenges for some than for others, a Baylor University sociologist has found.

The type of attachment a praying individual feels toward God seems to matter most in easing symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, researcher Matt Bradshaw discovered.

According to his study, people who prayed to a loving and supportive God whom they thought would be there to comfort and protect them in times of need were less likely to show symptoms of anxiety-related disorders — irrational worry, fear, self-consciousness, dread in social situations and obsessive-compulsive behavior — than those…

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