Psychological and Christian Theories

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Psychology and biblical teachings have history of being considered the opposite of each other. Regardless, there are still Christian counselors or therapists that use (or in a sense, have to use) techniques that come from psychological theories. They key here is to evaluate these psychological theories while using the truth of the bible as a guide. Doing so will help determine what may be helpful to use in certain situations and what will be opposed to God. Considering psychology is such a vast field, a Christian counselor will have to research many varieties of these psychological theories. The purpose of this essay is to examine and decide which psychological theory for counseling coincides with or opposes a Christian worldview. The two theories that will be discussed and examined on how it relates to a Christian worldview are Psychoanalytic Theory and Adlerian Theory. Both of these theories’ founders have different views of human nature and I will not only give my opinion on them, but I will also discuss how they coincide or oppose a Christian worldview. In this essay I have decided that Sigmund Freud’s theory, Psychoanalytic Theory, is the least congruent with a Christian worldview. In contrast, I believe that Adlerian Theory is the most congruent theory with a Christian worldview. These following pages will explain why I believe this to be as well as some scriptures that relate to why I believe this. Sigmund Freud has said himself that he believes God is an illusion. This belief that Freud concluded reflects in some of his work and even in his theory: Psychoanalytic Theory. Psychoanalytic theory definitely treats God as an illusion; this is obviously a perspective that is not so biblical or Christian. Some of the concepts in this theory seem helpful when describing the depravity of humanity and giving an explanation of man’s disturbance or confusion, but this theory’s solution is not correct. Psychological health can not be obtained by simply reliving the past. If you look at this theory by using a Christian worldview, freedom does not come from achieving self-awareness… it comes through Christ. “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) Freud’s perspective in this theory is very egocentric and the importance of loving others is very minimal. The importance of loving others is something needed for the spiritual health of a Christian. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one
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