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How common is it for a person with schizophrenia to be attracted to the occult and what causes this attraction?

I notice a certain personality type falls into occult studies (normally people with mental/emotional/social disorders) and was wondering about the frequency. Also, what causes the mentally imbalanced to gravitate toward ideas like those presented by the occult?
@Peacelove: this isn’t a question about myself. If you want to preach go to R&S. I’m asking a question regarding science, not faith.
@Mythical: I’m not Christian, I’m a Scientific Pantheist.


  1. Hearing voices can indicate a spiritual problem. The spiritual realm has both good and bad, and we need to be on the good side, God’s side, before we die so we can go to heaven after we die. This is very important. Know that God can help you live a better life if you want Him to help you. You can have a personal relationship with God by saying the prayer below. God is our Creator, all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, holy, love. God loves us and sent us His Son, Jesus Christ, so we can go to heaven if we know and follow Him. Forever means without end — time on and on without death. Forever is what happens after we die. Either we go to heaven and be with God forever, or we go to hell which is very bad and painful forever. The good people who are saved believers in Jesus Christ go to heaven. The bad people go to hell. We need to know and follow God in this world to get to heaven in the next world. We follow God by loving and obeying Him and loving others for Him. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is our bridge to God. Jesus died on the cross to cancel our sins. We need to accept Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior forever to receive God’s blessing and forgiveness plus go to heaven to be with God forever after we die. This is about being a born-again Christian. Faith in God is a gift from God. You can pray for faith in God. Just speak out and ask God for the faith to believe in Him and to follow Him. Some people find faith in God when they realize the beauty in the world is made by God. Evolution can’t explain the world’s natural beauty, for example, the parks in the world, animals, flowers, peacocks, sunsets, butterflies, rainbows, etc. After you have your faith on, you can pray a sinner’s prayer to be a born-again Christian. This prayer is very important and should be said with a sincere heart and faith in God. This is the prayer: “Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and that Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for our sins. I have done the following sins (state these out) and I pray to discontinue these sins. I pray to receive Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.” I’m Lutheran and I like the Baptist churches too. You could check out a Christian church youth group or Bible study group to learn about God’s will for your life. You can pray to God about your daily life and have a Christian church pray for you.

  2. The same reason that people think one religion over all others is the answer to everything. By nature, we want to know what goes on. The ‘occult’ offers its’ own set of answers. You don’t describe your definition of ‘occult’. Am I to assume you mean things such as devil worship, tarot card readings, spirit mediums, pagan religions? Anything that is not mainline Christianity is viewed as occult. Are you a christian in search of alternative answers not answered by good ole’ King James? I met a LOT of people involved in tarot cards and palmistry that suffered severely with depression. Guess why – because they are sensitive people. Too sensitive. They feel other peoples pain and take it inside. Em-paths is one way of looking at it.

  3. Individuals in cults sometimes develop a shared psychotic disorder where they begin to adopt the same delusions as the cult leader so I would not assume all individuals go into a cult with certain mental/emotional issues or dissorders. I guess it could be argued that individuals with mental, emotional, or social issues would be targeted by cult recruiters because of their likelihood to adopt their ideology.
    Come to think of it, I would think that someone with some sort of dissociative dissorder would be more likely to join a cult than a person with schizophrenia.

  4. i have no data on frequency.
    people plagued with these types of emotional disorders often live life on the fringes, at best. unfortunately, for many, their social interactions are among others afflicted with similar disorders, and as such many of their beliefs and conversations revolve around such subjects that are out of the mainstream. these affected people have little voice in the mainstream and find such outlandish subjects as you mention interesting and stimulating. they live in their own little world of fantasy and find comfort there.

  5. It isn’t the type of religion that is the attraction for these types of people, but more the extremity of the religion.
    The more “out there” that a religion is, the more likely it is that it will attract the crazies, not just the schizophrenics.
    Cults of personality, such as the WBC, Oral Roberts Ministries (really any of the televangelists), folks like those that followed Jim Jones, David Koresh and Sun Yung Moon are also in that category as well.
    And let us not forget the fluffy-bunny Pagans and wiccans that do “jigsaw” pop-wicca as well.
    No religion is really safe from it. It is the extremist views and the stranger aspects that draw them more than anything else.
    Sadly, the vast majority of dangerous crazies end up in one of the crazier Christian sects and eventually become their leaders (Jim Jones, David Koresh, the Phelps klan, Jerry Falwell, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, as fine examples of that).


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