It is an old saying.
But a study has found that when it comes to religious beliefs, belief in gods, devils, and demons is one of the least common and most misunderstood, and most likely to be the source of unhappiness.
“Religious belief is a complex phenomenon,” said the study, which was conducted by the Center for the Study of Religion and the Social Sciences (CSRS), an independent research institute.
“Many people are religious but not necessarily religiously motivated.”
The study looked at over 100,000 Indonesians, from ages 14 to 76, to determine if they were likely to experience religious unhappiness, religious belief in devils, or other beliefs that made them unhappy.
The study also looked at whether religious belief could have an impact on their health.
“The researchers found that people with more religious beliefs reported higher levels of psychological distress and higher levels in depression and anxiety,” said Dr. Ramin Aliy, a senior researcher and senior fellow at CSRS.
“But, more importantly, the researchers found a strong relationship between religious belief and health.”
The researchers found there were more religious people than religious people who had a depressive or anxiety disorder.
This study, titled ‘Religion is not just a social construct, it is a physiological phenomenon’: The psychological impact of religion, says Aliy says, “suggests that the biological basis of religion may be more important than the psychological basis.”
It’s also interesting to note that religiosity was the strongest predictor of depression, and anxiety.
Religion has an effect on health, says Dr. David D. Buss, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, who was not involved in the study.
He points out that religion has been linked to a number of health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer.
And, he says, that link does not imply that religion is the cause of these problems.
But, it suggests that people have a physiological, biological, and psychological component to religion, and it’s important to examine these aspects of religion and its role in health.
The report also found that a lot of people who reported having a religious affiliation reported that their religious beliefs had no impact on them physically or emotionally.
“This means that religion itself does not seem to be a big deal for people, except when it is,” says Alixas study.
The results of this study were published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
“We also found evidence that religous people are more likely to report depressive symptoms than secular people,” said Aliy.
Religion is not a social construction, he said, but it is.
“There are very, very strong psychological, biological and social effects on religious beliefs.”
But it’s not just religious belief that makes people unhappy, Aliy said.
He said that people who are not religious but believe in a supernatural entity such as a deity or god may also have a mental health problem.
Aliy is now working on a study looking at religious beliefs and mental health in the general population.
And he’s hoping to get the same results with the U.S. population.
“A lot of the studies on mental health problems in the U., including studies from the U-S, have been done in the Western world, which is very different than what we see in Indonesia,” he said.
“It’s a lot more complex than what’s been done before.”