Jul 7th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
People are more likely to say they will die for their religious beliefs when they have been exposed to anxiety-provoking situations.
Researchers from York University presented more than 600 participants with various anxiety-inducing situations
, such as having them solve a complex math equation or mull over a dilemma in their personal life.
After each stressful scenario, the participants were more likely to express extreme religious beliefs than those in a control group, who had just been exposed to an anxiety-neutral situation.
The researchers also found that people who report high levels of anxiety in their daily lives are more likely to express religious zealotry.
So, perhaps the world would be a more peaceful place if people could just learn to focus on biting their fingernails when they feel anxious.