You’ve probably heard of many approaches to manifesting goals, but have you ever wondered if any of them were toxic? Research shows that one approach in particular has negative effects on our well-being. A study titled “God Owes Me: The Role of Divine Entitlement in Predicting Struggles with a Deity” looked at how Divine entitlement—the belief that the Divine should give us special treatment or privileges—affects our mental health and relationship to the Divine. Divine Entitlement The study found that people who were spiritual and measured high on a scale of Divine entitlement were more likely to experience struggles with the Divine and psychological distress. They had more anxiety, stress, anger, and depression. They were also more likely to feel angry, abandoned, punished, unloved, and let down by the divine. In other words, when we are spiritual and have a demanding attitude toward the Divine delivering on our desires, we risk our mental health and our relationship with the Divine. That might seem obvious and avoidable, but we live in a culture that encourages this type of approach to manifesting. We are constantly given the message that we should demand and expect to get what we want from the Divine. According to research, entitlement in general is on the rise in our culture. So, should we just ignore cultural messages endorsing entitlement and be humble instead?