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Managing Urges Part 6: Spirituality
June 30, 2009, 22:10
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SpiritualityHaving a belief in a higher power helps us to transcend ourselves by pulling us upward in ways we could never have managed to do on our own.

My dissertation, Anton Boisen, Pioneer on the Study of Mental Disorder and Religious Experience: A Critical Review of the Literature, highlighted the research Boisen did with schizophrenics on mental disorder and religious experience in the 1930s. He found that schizophrenics who believed in God statistically had a more successful outcome in that they were able to leave the state hospital and live on their own in the community. Those who did not believe in God were more likely to deteriorate in their illness and become chronically mentally ill and unable to return to live independently on the outside.

This leads us to spirituality as another tool that Paige S. * suggests for managing urges. She says,

“Feeling: Upset, Frustrated, Depressed, Lonely, Angry
Method: A Little Faith
Description: Whether you’re religious or spiritual person, many of you out there have some sort of belief. Turn to it. Whether it’s through prayer or contemplation, take comfort in your faith.”

Next: Face the Problem

To A Life Worth Living,
Foresteen Forbes, Psy. D.

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