Sunday, June 3, 2012

Self-control and Religion

Did you know that religious people may have more self-control than do their less religious counterparts? The conclusion of studies by University of Miami professor of Psychology, Michael McCullough, is that religious people may be better at pursuing and achieving long-term goals that are important to them and their religious groups. This, in turn, might help explain why religious people tend to have lower rates of substance abuse, better school achievement, less delinquency, better health behaviors, less depression, and longer lives. One potential implication? Religion may have evolved because of its ability to help people exercise self-control. (

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