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Prayer and Health Research

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Prayer’s psychological dimension opens new fertile perspectives on the academic study of prayer and health.

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A brief literature review of cancer survival trials is employed by the author to raise questions on their design and to bring speculatively into discussion concepts such as “worldview,” “intentional normative dissociation,” and “psychosomatic plasticity-proneness.” Using prayer’s psychological dimension as a way to unite such elements opens new fertile perspectives on the academic study of prayer and health. In this context, it is suggested that a consistent interdisciplinary research agenda is required in order to understand those biopsychosocial factors interconnected within the process and outcome of prayer before attempting to decipher the big answers layingdormant probably within the transpersonal and spiritual layers of human experience.

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