ERIC Number: ED330932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
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Emotional Responsiveness and Emotional Stability in Three Religious Communities of India.
Prakash, Jai; Shukla, Anand Prakash
The present study investigated personality dispositions such as emotional responsiveness and emotional stability in religious communities of India. The religious ideology and particular system of religious practices of each individual may influence his personality structure. A review of the literature shows that studies available in this area have been scanty, and the findings contradictory to some extent. In this study, college students (n=300) from three religious groups (Hindu, Muslim, and Christian) were surveyed using the Adult Personality Assessment Questionnaire. The results indicated that Christians and Muslims were less emotionally responsive than Hindus. This difference may be due to the fact that Hinduism allows greater freedom of faith, and the nature and structure of Hinduism teaches open-mindedness. Emotional instability existed more among Christians and Hindus compared to Muslims, who were found to be more emotionally stable possibly due to the rigid nature of Islam, where every procedure is fixed, producing much more rigidity in followers. More research is needed, however, to confirm these findings. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Council of Psychologists (48th, Tokyo, Japan, July 14-18, 1990).