Religious, superstitious, and magical thinking clearly represent an encroachment of the mental world on the real one in the form of belief in divine creation, miracles, the power of prayers and spells, and so on. — Christopher Badcock Ph.D.
When it comes to the issue of mental health, the first thing that you need to take into consideration is the belief on the supernatural. Some studies show that adherence to the false reality or existence of devils and demons can lead to the development of mental illness. For the experts, especially the professionals, this finding is entirely absurd. They believe that the causes for having mental health problems arise to some reasons other than demonic influences.
The question now is: What is the real deal?
The temptation to explore what lies beyond has been a powerful one, whether it is the ability to read people’s minds or have contact with those on “the other side.” — Lawrence R. Samuel Ph.D.
Establishing the Connection
According to research, children who grew up believing in the presence of supernatural evil creatures or souls are more likely to develop problems in interacting with other people. These kids often end up feeling loneliness and abandonment from the other persons surrounding them. They are also found to have been depressed and sad.
The children also start to withdraw from its interactions with everyone around them. Because of the fear that the demonic influence will take over their lives or harm hem in any manner, they usually start to make delusions or hallucinations. This can become dangerous especially in cases where the child may find it difficult to open up to an elder or member of the family.
However, some professionals claim that there is no connection between problems in mental health and supernatural beliefs. As such, just because someone believes in the existence of demons, devils or other supernatural elements, it does not mean that they are prone to having mental problems.
As much as I might like to believe in supernatural phenomena, I know that research doesn’t support the existence of mental telepathy (mind reading), clairvoyance (predicting the future), telekinesis (moving things with your mind), or ghosts. — Ronald E Riggio Ph.D.
What Can You Do As A Parent?
The popular claim is that mental illness is caused not by the beliefs of demonic influence or supernatural concepts. Nonetheless, it is still highly recommended to do everything you can to prevent your kids from believing in these harmful elements. Here are some of the things that you can do to keep them away from believing in the supernatural:
- Stop mentioning about demons. Many parents try to establish fear on the part of their child to get what they want. For example, a mother would typically say to the kid that if he does not behave in a right manner, a devil might take him away from the family. This is completely wrong as you are only promoting misguided adherence to the supernatural. Instead, try to discipline your child by following the acceptable methods for parenting.
- Listen to their questions. A child is always curious about several things. As such, make sure to watch out for the issues that your kid may ask to you. Do not ignore their plea for clarifications or answers. Otherwise, they may end up getting the wrong reply or response. When this happens, there is a high possibility that the kid will start to believe in the supernatural.
- Talk to them. Your son or daughter may have so might things running in his or her mind. The goal here is to make them share with you about these thoughts. This is necessary for you to correct wrong information as soon as they arise. Whenever you notice that they are starting to adhere to the beliefs of the supernatural, make sure to debunk it immediately.
Up to this day, there are still ongoing debates about this topic. Whether there is a connection or not, the significant thing to do is to do everything you can to avoid mental illness from developing in your child.