Mental Health Benefits of Religion

Religions help mental health due to these factors...

  • Therapeutic Alliance - priest
  • Organizing Framework - comes from the beliefs of the religion
  • Community / Social Capital - support system
  • Sublimation of Ego - "The surrender and devotion to god is more important than which god you are doing it to"
  • Discipline of Mind - routines given by religion. Church once a week, prayer every day, rituals, etc.

There might be a mental health benefit to "knowing" things with certainty - Religion, a mode of knowing