By Dr Stephanie Muravchik
Many have fearful that the ever present perform of psychology and psychotherapy in the United States has corrupted spiritual religion, eroded civic advantage, and weakened neighborhood existence. yet an exam of the historical past of 3 significant psycho-spiritual routine given that global battle II - Alcoholics nameless, The Salvation Army's outreach to homeless males, and the "clinical pastoral schooling" stream - unearths the other. those teams built a realistic non secular psychology that nurtured religion, fellowship, and private accountability. They accomplished this via together with non secular traditions and non secular actions of their definition of remedy and by way of placing clergy and lay believers to paintings as therapists. below such care, religious and emotional progress bolstered one another. because of those techniques, the 3 events succeeded in attaining thousands of socially alienated and religiously disappointed americans. They validated that faith and psychology, even supposing antithetical in a few eyes, should be combined successfully to foster neighborhood, person accountability, and happier lives
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Some, for example, felt that the humanistic reformation of psychology – with its celebration of the irrational and spontaneous – only made the problem worse. A new note was sounded when sociologist Philip Rieff published Freud: The Mind of the Moralist (1959) and the seminal Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith After Freud (1966). These works were not worried about the way psychology could be used to coerce individuals’ compliance with the broader culture but rather the opposite: how psychology exacerbated the sense of alienation modern people felt from the societies in which they lived.
Albert Williams, “Evaluation of Parish Ministry,” rec’d July 17, 1964, RG 001, Box 138, folder 2107, Pitts. The Priest Must Drink at the Scientific Well 35 probably in large part by his spouse, who was very unhappy living the life of a minister’s wife. Her discontent put pressure on the marriage, which had grown contentious. It was with a characteristically open-minded amiability that Pearson one day related a recent conflict he and his wife had to the other clergymen in his training group. He had been out of town when he had run into an old high school flame.
Donald Adams, “Evaluation of Training,” Summer 1955, RG 001, Box 143, folder 2165, Pitts. 48 Because not all chaplains were as hesitant as Donald’s was, advanced students hoping to become independent chaplain supervisors themselves were interrogated and criticized over the extent to which they treated their own beginning students as patients. In 1966 the committee tasked to decide whether or not to promote49 Bert Foster, for example, expressed its concern: We felt that there should be a stronger religious dimension in his training of students.
American Protestantism in the age of psychology by Dr Stephanie Muravchik