Atheist mindset

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The functional psychology of the atheist worldview is rooted in the character defect of narcissism on one end of the behavioral spectrum to avoidantism on the other.[1]

Below are some characteristics common among atheists and/or more prevalent than in the general population.

Narcissism

See also: Atheism and narcissism and Atheism and arrogance

The arrogance and defiant attitude of the ordinary atheist finds its most extreme pathological expression in manifestations of Narcissistic personality disorders.[2]

Avoidantism

See: Atheism and depression and Hopelessness of atheism and Atheism and anger

To a greater degree than the general population, atheists are persistently (insistently) depressed, distrustful or futile outlook in general also manifests an atheistic worldview having no hope for the future, no expectation of aid from a power greater than oneself, and in one who has a living conscience, a feeling of generalized guilt that no one can forgive, "having no hope, and without God in the world" (See Ephesians 2:12) They can be angry and depressed at life in general for not meeting their expectations.

Atheism and irrationality

See also: Atheism and irrationality and Atheism and logic

A study by Baylor University found that the irreligious and the members of more liberal Protestant denominations, tend to be much more likely to believe in the paranormal and in pseudoscience than evangelical Christians.[3] Also, as noted above, a 1980 study published in the magazine Skeptical Inquirer found irreligious college students to be by far the most likely to embrace paranormal beliefs, while born again Christian college students were found to be the least likely.[4]

Self-centeredness leads to poor priorities

See also: Atheism and uncharitableness

Traditionally, the sin of "sloth" is not simply laziness and indolence, but a hatred of making the effort to seek what is good, to avoid what is bad, unwillingness to do what is good and wholesome and necessary for the benefit of others, and unwillingness to change.[5] It also includes being too busy to think about death and the real purpose of life, a "workaholic".[6] Many atheists manifest a lack of motivation which finds its more extreme manifestation in various forms of homelessness or vagrancy by choice.

Suicide is more common among atheists

See also: Atheism and suicide

Statistically the teenage suicide rate is highest among those who live as practicing atheists, having no professed religious affiliation.[7]

Pride: presumption and despair

See also: Atheism and arrogance and Atheism and depression

Both ends of this spectrum of human behavior along with all the forms of ordinary (and pathological extremes of) atheistic human behavior in between are rooted in what the Bible calls the sin of pride: presumption and despair, of seeing no need for God, and of refusal to believe that there is a God of any kind to appeal to for help and rescue (salvation) from final futility and destruction.[8]

The functional psychology of the atheist worldview is rooted in the character defect or personality disorder of narcissism on one end of the behavioral spectrum to avoidantism on the other.[9]

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