Exploring the atheist personality: well-being, awe, and magical thinking in atheists, Buddhists, and Christians

@article{CaldwellHarris2011ExploringTA,
  title={Exploring the atheist personality: well-being, awe, and magical thinking in atheists, Buddhists, and Christians},
  author={Catherine L. Caldwell-Harris and Angela L. Wilson and Elizabeth R. LoTempio and Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi},
  journal={Mental Health, Religion \& Culture},
  year={2011},
  volume={14},
  pages={659 - 672}
}
Atheists are America’s least trusted group, and stereotypes about them abound: Atheists are non-conformist, sceptical, cynical, and joyless, rarely experiencing awe. Atheists (N = 42) were recruited from the American atheist website and compared to Christians (N = 22) and Buddhists (N = 18). Groups were highly similar in their reported well-being, empathy, and other personality scales, but differed strongly on scales assessing Spirituality and Magical Ideation, where atheists rejected the… 

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