Free Will versus Fatalism


Everyone that I see in therapy learns about the polarity between fatalism and free will. Now a scientific study is saying that those who believe in fate, those who don’t understand their innate power of creation are more likely to have increased anxiety, depression and decision dissatisfaction. Those who embrace their free will have greater self-esteem and sense of meaning in their lives.

The study is talked about in Science Daily here.

As the study notes: “When we experience or have low belief in free will and feel ‘out of touch’ with who we are, we may behave without a sense of morality,” says Seto. “This is particularly important if we have a goal to improve the quality of life for individuals and the society at large.”