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Why do some people get obsessed with religion?


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September 10, 2014 4:02PM

Sometimes what we perceive as "obsession" is commitment and dedication. Sometimes people who are new converts to a religion become extremely excited about it and that's all they want to talk about. And sometimes the religion itself teaches them they must make converts of other people.

Has the subject of religion become an obstacle in one of your relationships? Perhaps you can "agree to disagree" and try to steer away from talking about the subject if you truly are not interested. If it become too disagreeable, you may have to distance yourself from that person for awhile.

Do you find the whole idea of religion in general uncomfortable to talk about? On your own, you may want to do some reading about the various world religions and try to gain some perspective and understanding concerning other people's spiritual views. A librarian may be able to help you find a book suitable for you.

It is not acceptable to allow someone to speak offensively to you or harrass you, so it is important to maintain healthy boundaries. However, it is possible that by becoming comfortable in talking to other people about their beliefs, and listening respectfully, you will grow as a person and in your relationships. We can never fully understand another person, nor their world-view, unless we understand what "glasses" they look through to view life.