Effects of Mysticism on Personality Development: A Comparative Study among Muslims and Christians in Sialkot, Pakistan
The present study aims to examine the effects of Mysticism on Personality development among Muslims and Christians. A cross-sectional study design and convenient non-probability sampling technique was used in the study to inspect the effects of mysticism on personalities of Muslims and Christians in Sialkot, Pakistan. A sample of 200 participants was taken within the age range of above 18 years to below 50 years. The study was conducted during the period of 4 months (March-June 2020) during COVID-19 pandemic. A self-developed demographic sheet, PANAS and Quest scales were used for data collection. The findings of the current study revealed that mysticism has significant positive relationship with personality development (r=0.175, p<0.05) among Muslims and Christians respectively. Significant differences were found on study variables. Furthermore, it is found that different socio-demographic factors also contributed in the development of personalities. It is concluded from the findings that increased levels of mysticism has positive effect on personality development among both Muslims and Christians. It is highly recommended for Future researchers to use the current study to explore different factors like; is there any negative impact of mysticism on personalities? or what will be the consequences if illiterate people start following any fake mystics and follow the wrong teachings of religions and so many others?