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Educating and Informing the Community of a Secular Survivor experience.

Healing v Recovery or Science v Faith Healing

A recent study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science turns up a range of results that appear to support my theory that trauma lays behind the fear felt by the religious when encountering the facts of life.

What If They’re Right About the Afterlife? Evidence of the Role of Existential Threat on Anti-Atheist Prejudice

Corey L. Cook 1
Florette Cohen 2
Sheldon Solomon 3

1 Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, USA
2 College of Staten Island CUNY, New York, NY, USA
3 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

Corey L. Cook, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma, 1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA. Email: clcook1@uw.edu

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Terror management theory posits that the uniquely human awareness of death gives rise to potentially paralyzing terror that is assuaged by embracing cultural worldviews that provide a sense that one is a valuable participant in a meaningful universe. We propose that pervasive and pronounced anti-atheist prejudices stem, in part, from the existential threat posed by conflicting worldview beliefs. Two studies were conducted to establish that existential concerns contribute to anti-atheist sentiments. Experiment 1 found that a subtle reminder of death increased disparagement, social distancing, and distrust of atheists. Experiment 2 found that asking people to think about atheism increased the accessibility of implicit death thoughts. These studies provide the first empirical link between existential concerns and anti-atheist prejudices.

Terror management theory Wikipedia Terror management theory

Is it truly plausible that people can be compromised and kept in a perpetual state of fear from early childhood and on through all of adulthood today as a result of childhood indoctrination? Surely their Human Rights will have been breached if that is the case.


John Brown the author and publisher was born in Yea Victoria 3717 on 27 December, 1948. John grew up in Yea, he went to the Catholic school and then a final year at Yea High. He undertook an apprenticeship as a Hand and Machine Compositor/Linotype Mechanic at the local newspaper The Yea Chronicle. He left Yea ...... read more


Living with Human Rights Abuses in Australia in 2017 #TraumaTheory Chapter 8 - People who have had a positive influence on my life

Human rights for Catholic children exist only if they remain bonded through the abusive practices of a culture with the longest history of war, rape, genocide and child abuse humanity has ever encountered.

Human rights do not exist in the Catholic religion unless the perceived rights of gods, demons, angels, devils, poltergeists and a myriad of other mythical creatures and superstitions are met to the satisfaction of those traumatically bonded to Catholicism through their own abusive childhood experience


"Catholicism creates an environment where the child must bend and fold to the experience and the child must distort and fracture its own personality simply so that it may survive in the environment in which it finds itself" JohnB