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09.11.2019 | Original Paper Open Access

Internal Dialogue as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Prayer and Well-Being

Zeitschrift:
Journal of Religion and Health
Autoren:
Małgorzata M. Puchalska-Wasyl, Beata Zarzycka
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Abstract

When people are praying, they are not only communicating with God (upward prayer), but also they are exploring their relationships with themselves (inward prayer) and with other people (outward prayer). Internal dialogical activity includes areas which correspond to upward, inward, and outward prayer. Therefore, the aim of this article is to examine whether and how internal dialogues can be mediators in the relationship between these three types of prayer and well-being. Data from 193 respondents (143 females) were analyzed in the study. We used: the Prayer Thoughts Scale, the Internal Dialogical Activity Scale, and the Psychological Well-Being Scale. The results showed that internal dialogue served as a mediator of the relationship between upward, inward, and outward prayer and well-being.

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