By P Scott Richards PH.D., Allen E Bergin
A non secular approach for Counseling and Psychotherapy, moment variation indicates psychological health and wellbeing execs easy methods to deal sensitively with consumers whose spirituality or faith is a vital a part of their lives. This ebook highlights the healing chances faith and spirituality can provide. development at the good fortune of the 1st variation, the recent variation offers well timed updates and extra theoretical grounding for integrating a theistic, religious technique into mainstream psychology. additionally excellent for college kids and students, this e-book presents priceless history and perception into the background and philosophy of technology and psychology, the realm religions, the perform of psychotherapy, and the method of analysis and medical discovery.
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Hermeneutics considers the "changeable ... at least as fundamental as the unchangeable" and values contextual patterns in experiences, meaning, and relationships (Slife, 2004, p. 48). Naturalism Conflicts With the Beliefs and Values of Religious Clients Another major problem with scientific naturalism is that it conflicts with the spiritual and cultural beliefs and values of the large number of people in North America who believe in God and who are religiously committed. It is easy to see how Freud's naturalistic view that religiosity is an illusion or an obsessional neurosis and the behavioral view that religious behavior is simply a conditioned response conflict starkly with a theistic spiritual conception of the world.
Other theories view human behavior as motivated by "self-interest, aggressiveness, territoriality, class conflict, and the like" (M. E. P. Seligman, 2002, p. 8). Psychology and psychiatry have also been preoccupied with disease, abnormality, and maladjustment (Maddux, 2002). Many psychological practitioners have adopted a disease model of mental illness and have focused on "repairing damage: damaged habits, damaged drives, damaged childhood, and damaged brains" (M. E. P. Seligman, 2002, p. 4). 44 HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES During the past several decades there has been a movement away from negative perspectives toward more positive, holistic, agentive, and morally responsible views of human beings (Emmons, 1999; Jensen & Bergin, 1988; Pargament, 1997; M.
Watson, Thorndike, Skinner) and other early leaders of the behavioral sciences, accepted the prevailing scientific philosophies of the day (Karier, 1986; Wertheimer, 1970). Although it was not always done explicitly or even deliberately, they built their theories on faith in the worldview and philosophical assumptions of scientific naturalism (Karier, 1986; Leahey, 1991). , without resorting to spiritual or transcendent explanations. At least some of these leaders were also atheistic (Karier, 1986).