Im wondering if a link can be defined between religion and learned helplessness along with other forms of emotional incompetence i.e. tendency to over use drugs/alcohol etc or overzealous evangelism etc? I hesitated to use the word 'incompetence' in that last sentence but decided to leave it there as I truly believe that when young minds are impregnated with the faith germ that they are being taught to be incompetent thinkers - to eschew the reason and logic of ones own reasoning skills actually hinders emotional development and fosters incompetence.
It could be interesting to see a study of just how many people who fall foul of the drugs and alcohol trades are hovering around that cognitive dissonance area where the learned helplessness they were taught in their early years is failing them on a grand scale by the time they are setting off on making their own decisions in life as independent individuals.
Id also love to see a study which is ostensibly based on something else but which has a questions in the area of; do you really believe in God or do you just say you do to keep those around you happy? If that was done in two ways i.e. anonymously and openly I imagine there would be quite an interesting response - it would of course need refining and is open to lots of variables too........
I cant do justice to your very interesting reply just now Fred and it may take 24 hrs but I will do so asap. Trish