This study aims to understand the psychological foundations of the savior belief and its functions in coping. This belief appears to have arisen in order to compensate for the pain after a loss of a loved one. Not wanting to lose the power provided by this charismatic leader has been effective in shaping the belief in the first place. In later periods, it continued its existence due to its functionality in terms of giving hope to individuals in times of difficulty. The opinion that the individual, who thinks that he cannot solve the problem by himself, enters the expectation of external aid strengthens this belief. In case of difficulty, the idea of a concrete savior is more compliment than the abstract. The basis of this is that the individual perceives the concrete much easier and more comfortable than the abstract, and that it is easier to communicate with it. The fact that individuals believe that they are more comfortable communicating with a concrete entity than the abstract has increased the prevalence and power of this belief. One can say that he needs a certainty which can be perceived by his five senses rather than abstract uncertainty. This belief functions to keep the hope of the person in distress and can be functional in order to continue life.


Psychology of Religion, Savior, Coping, Hope

Author : Nesibe ESEN ATEŞ
Number of pages: 55-67
Full text:
Toplum Bilimleri Dergisi
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