Research says that praying when angry helps to manage anger

March 31st, 2011 - 11:39 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, Mar 31 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new research has found that praying when you are angry could help you manage your anger.

The researchers identified that praying when you have been left really angry could also help prevent one from becoming aggressive. The study was published in the online journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The study would be published later in print in the same journal later.

The authors of the research said the findings applied to even non-religious people. A co-author of the study, Brad Bushman who is also the professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University, said that, “We found that prayer really can help people cope with their anger, probably by helping them change how they view the events that angered them and helping them take it less personally.”

The researchers recruited 53 students for the studies. The students’ levels of anger, depression, vigor, fatigue and tension were measured. After recording the measurement, the participants were made to write an essay on an event that made them feel angry.

After submitting the essays, the participants were told that a panel would review the essays and results would be sent to the participants later. The researchers did no such thing but instead sent the same review to all the participants. The reviews were highly negative and described the essays as the worse ever. When the anger levels of all the participants were measured again, it was realized that they were really angry.

The researchers then told the participants about a sad story of Maureen who had a very rare form of cancer. The participants were then divided into two groups and were asked to either pray for Maureen or just think about her predicament.

After the exercise, it was realized that those who prayed showed the lowest level of anger. The other factors however did not drop significantly compared with those who did not pray.

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