Why do we stay in Christian Science? Emerging Gently offers a theory:
Intermittent reinforcement: “The name given to any pattern of reinforcement where only some responses are reinforced.”
Sometimes the healing happens, sometimes it doesn’t. Try harder, maybe it will this time.
Many of us who’ve left Christian Science, and I’m sure others who know about it, wonder why otherwise perfectly rational and sane people remain steadfast believers, despite repeated and undeniable failures on the part of Christian Science to heal. Most of us ex-Christian Scientists would put our past selves into that category of former ‘true believers despite the evidence to the contrary’. On a discussion thread in one of the ex-Christian Scientist Facebook groups, a group member offered a possible answer to this intriguing (to me, anyway) question.
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