RELIGION AND THE TRUE-SELF: IS RELIGION A FACTOR IN THE DETERMINATION OF THE TRUE-SELF?
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The relationship between religion and the self has long been discussed. The current project specifically examines the way religious beliefs relate to the feeling that people know their true selves. I hypothesize that strong religious beliefs can foster the feeling that one knows who he/she really is. To test this idea, an experiment was conducted that manipulated people’s confidence in their religious beliefs and then assessed their perceived true self-knowledge. Results revealed that, consistent with predictions, people who were led to question their confidence in their religious beliefs reported less perceived true self-knowledge than their counterparts who were not led to question their confidence in their religious beliefs. By comparison, perceived knowledge of other self-aspects (actual, ideal) was unaffected by the manipulation. This suggests that religion can serve as a source of self-knowledge, particularly knowledge of the true self. The implications of this relationship provide a better understanding of the various aspects of these different self-concepts and of the relationship between religion and the self.
SubjectReligion, True-Self Knowledge
Leal, Stephanie (2013). RELIGION AND THE TRUE-SELF: IS RELIGION A FACTOR IN THE DETERMINATION OF THE TRUE-SELF?. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from