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Well people in Oklahoma -- still reeling from about when monster tornado that hit earlier this week.
A lot of people afterwards.
We're asking where was god why did god bring this disaster to us this question that a lot of people ask.
At a time of tragedy if they can beat Oklahoma bombing it can be 9/11 it can be a lot of different kinds of that that pain and suffering that we -- suffer in our lives.
And the question is -- what makes us reach out like that what makes us reach out to god.
I'm here are some announcers is -- Virginia -- associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College.
In Wheaton Illinois joined -- -- Skype to answer some of these questions welcome.
It is very important and this is online a lot because -- soon after the Oklahoma tornado and reporters were.
Interviewing a lot of the survivors and they talked about I prayed I called out to god.
Why do we do this.
-- -- found that accurately because of the administered good.
It is as bend at all but people themselves for -- heard it yet but the people but also.
First answer -- -- to be able to help make me.
This -- overwhelming experience.
Is it something that's done part of our national being in terms this is a -- cuts across.
-- this is just something in our cultural our in our -- human DNA.
That we instinctively reach out to something beyond ourselves at a time of -- Is it something it it and it transcends all cultures if that's true.
It's very much the case that that's true.
Then one of the things that we don't see is that that is the very much ingrained in terms of who we are but also across cultures so presents.
Eight Shiites have the opportunity to not only response -- disasters and you research -- into us but also locally such sets in Haiti and Japan for example.
And we hear these very similar themes across cultures.
And it doesn't does it matter if someone is religious before.
-- and then the disaster comes.
Are there a very big if they are religious person do you find that there the responses a little bit different in during pain and suffering.
I think it really kind of exists crossed a continuance really.
For those who are religious we took -- and engaged.
More religious coping strategies and resources as part of the recovery process.
But it does -- time if you look at presence in the Gallup polls that were done after Hurricane Katrina or nine elevenths.
He saw this incredible percentages of the US population reaching out to god and the communities.
An example that would be increase in peaks and crane as well as an -- you know -- community.
And so we see that sometimes even nonreligious individuals as they -- through -- disaster.
They golf and country is very deep existential philosophical questions that well maybe once it's just been kind of an academic or a learning task in terms the questions -- Now becomes very real and very pragmatic to our -- exists.
It's you know and in terms of children because children the most and -- and in many of them are told that god loves you no matter -- -- How do you talk to a child during a time of trauma because it it to tell them that -- still loves you.
But yet he -- brought this disaster that has.
-- tragedy into their lives.
I think it's very important that -- really -- developmental approach to talking her children and even more important to us and our children.
So for example.
When my children are a few years ago and ask me daddy is that she's very real.
And has -- the heartland -- -- yet that's real hard and her sister that's pretty easy question that I responded by saying.
What do you think.
And then she came back and I was able to get a sense of where she was asked and what she believed about the situation -- my response to that.
And the same thing in the much more typical chaos of the disaster.
And he -- -- -- supply that we want to find out offers for child about -- -- they asked how do they understand the circumstance.
And it's really -- to try to provide them look and so.
In an example of this is that we are able to show them our love his parents or as caregivers that can also be a deep creatures -- -- about a month ago I also asked for them.
Churches and how they respond I mean I've heard so many times he's good church folk will say well you know it's God's will that inning.
Was destroyed and you know your loved ones are taken away from you.
These are probably not the best responses that they want people to come back to the church but how should they be responding.
I think we really make sure that we're responding and an authentic way and that we're allowing others also respond perfectly.
So prisons my family and either way that I got into this work was that we didn't just south Mississippi just -- before Hurricane Katrina hit and so went through that experience and I can remember.
-- -- community their murderous -- -- actually preached sermons are much like what you just a better.
And -- remember sitting there and the tuna and just realizing that there were probably a lot of people who were really hurting at a lot of questions and I'll probably do not feel safe to ask those questions.
So in terms of -- communities and in terms of our religious leaders and even -- as those who are members of the community.
It is really really create an environment where we allow people ask -- tough questions that we allow them to engage in -- even Russell -- those questions and even god.
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