A Journalist Reveals has been trying to find reasons for why people hurt others’ religious sentiments, for some time. We asked several psychologists. But, they were hesitant to answer questions about the subject. Then, we found Psychologist Dr. Naavnidhi K Wadhwa. She agreed to shed some light on the issue and this article was the result. Sharing the first part:
Why People Hurt Others’ Religious Sentiments:
The prognosis of religious sentiments today is not linked to spirituality or the connection to God but an attempt to establish a sense of superiority. Religion is a touchy topic and not to mention, a very personal one as well. In a highly diverse country like India where people are divided on the basis of religion, socio-cultural norms, customs, beliefs and cuisines to name a few, religious thoughts and sentiments too are different from each other.
We are lucky to be part of a country that has so much diversity, in terms of religion, culture languages and much more. When a child is born, he has no knowledge of what religion is he born into. Or what is right and what is wrong. As they grow up, their minds are further influenced by political figures that shape their ideologies. What is deemed right by a specific individual is erroneous to someone else. This difference models the mind in rigid ways where considering religious ideas or suggestions become blasphemous. This unidirectional approach inadvertently affects the impressionable minds of children.
This is the psyche of those who tend to create mental blocks in all those who are persuaded to hurt religious sentiments and demand the supremacy of their own. Those who harbor hate are bounded by a sense of warrior-dom where taking up arms (both literally as well as figuratively) is the key to assert emphasis and eventually, a claim.
It is not easy to figure out why someone portrays hatred towards other religions, but it can arise from a deep-seated hatred stemmed from past experience that has now taken roots in the subconscious and needs to avenge that defamation. Some reasons are not as deep and pragmatic. It is the herd mentality that fuels hatred and juxtaposes those who are the peace-loving members of the same religious community.
About Dr. Naavnidhi K Wadhwa:
Founder and Coach of Rapid Evolution, Mrs. Asia Woman of Universe 2018, Certified Coach for Psychology of Eating from the USA, and NLP under Richard Bandler. Certified in relationship psychology. She strongly believes that the mind learns with repetition and follows what is known to it, so making the right choices and mental models contribute to making us grow rapidly.