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The NonreligiousUnderstanding Secular People and Societies$
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Phil Zuckerman, Luke W. Galen, and Frank L. Pasquale

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199924950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199924950.001.0001

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Personality, Cognition, and Family Behavior

Personality, Cognition, and Family Behavior

(p.107) 6 Personality, Cognition, and Family Behavior
The Nonreligious

Phil Zuckerman

Luke W. Galen

Frank L. Pasquale

Oxford University Press

Secular identification is more common in the young, in the highly educated, and among Caucasians and Asians. The type of cognitive processing on the part of the nonreligious includes a preference toward intellectualism and interest in science. Their cognitive processing also tends to be analytic and rational as opposed to intuitive and emotional. Secular individuals have personalities marked by openness to new experiences. Seculars have a lower rate of marriage and prefer smaller families. This is related to their tendency to delay marriage and cohabit to a greater extent than their religious counterparts. Many of these cognitive and personality traits have common origins as evidenced by their co-occurrence in early development and the partial influence of genetics. Some of these characteristics may not necessarily reflect the absence of religiosity per se but rather a basic underlying temperament, of which secularity is merely one expression.

Keywords:   secular demographics, secular personality, secular cognition, secular families

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