The Supernatural Search for Meaning
Humans pursue meaning in many distinct ways. However, supernatural beliefs offer a particularly potent source of meaning because they suggest that there is more to existence than the material.
Though some people reject the idea of the supernatural, many people turn to supernatural concepts and beliefs in their search for meaning and to cope with situations that threaten meaning.
Our lab has discovered that even people who reject conventional supernatural beliefs (e.g., atheists) are sometimes attracted to less traditional supernatural beliefs (e.g., paranormal beliefs)or supernatural-like beliefs (e.g., belief in powerful alien beings) when looking for meaning.
More broadly, our lab explores the different ways both atheists and theists approach the pursuit of meaning in life and how spirituality connects to meaning for both groups.
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