Are People saying “I’m Spiritual” to just appear Attractive?

October 13, 2010

Is saying that you are "spiritual" sexier than conforming to a religion?

Apparently, many people find that the answer is yes. A recent study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review confirms how people obtain more respect for having an inner connection to divinity than for having an extrinsic membership in a church. It can even make a person seem more attractive. When you tell people how you enjoy some mysterious bond with God, you project greater self-worth and value, and others tend to heighten their appreciation for you.

If people (correctly) think that they typically get more respect for inner spirituality than any conformity to a creed, could that help explain why so many "non-religious" people still say that they accept some vague god or affirm spiritual notions? Leaving the church doesn't mean that religiosity is left behind. As the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture has reported, about half of the "Nones" -- those who don't affiliate with any religion -- are still retaining beliefs in a personal god or some higher power.

Psychological and sociological theories could account for the way that people leaving the church often won't abandon religious notions too. If people still get positive attention for keeping a spiritual orientation, that could help explain so much lingering spirituality in an increasingly secular nation. There are important social meanings attached to "being spiritual". Does it get people more dates?