[Ed. – Among these? Acting surprised when a person says he doesn’t believe in God.]
A three-person team of researchers identified 31 types of microaggressions that a person can experience if they’re an atheist.
Three researchers, Zhen Cheng, Louis Pagano, and Azim Shariff, created the Microaggressions Against Non-Religious Individuals Scale tool, or MANRIS, in order to assist therapists in understanding the intricate components involved in the marginalization of atheist people by those people who are otherwise spiritual or religious.
Cheng, who recently received a doctorate degree from the University of Oregon, led the study.
Pagano, Shariff, and Cheng concluded that atheists can suffer mental “harm” as a result of other people assuming that those atheists are actually religious, among other things.
The researchers’ work was published for the first time last week in a journal by the American Psychological Association, according to Campus Reform.
Some of those “microaggressions” against atheists can be pulled out into the light if mental health professionals ask the right kinds of questions.