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Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy

A Meeting of Minds

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Alexis Trader

Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy details a colorful journey deep into two seemingly disparate worlds united by a common insight into the way our thinking influences our emotions, behaviors, and ultimately our lives. In this innovative study about mental and spiritual health, readers are not only provided with a thorough introduction to the elegant theory and practical techniques of cognitive therapy, they are also initiated into the perennial teachings of ascetics and monks in the Greek-speaking East and Latin-speaking West whose powerful writings not only anticipated many contemporary findings, but also suggest unexplored pathways and breathtaking vistas for human growth and development. This groundbreaking interdisciplinary volume in the art of pastoral counseling, patristic studies, and the interface between psychology and theology will be a coveted addition to the working libraries of pastors and psychologists alike. In addition, it is ideal as a textbook for seminary classes in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling, as well as for graduate courses in psychology dealing with the relationship between psychological models and religious worldviews.
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t Foreword by H. Tristram Engelhardt .................................................................ix Preface .............................................................................................................. xiii List of Abbreviations.......................................................................................... xv Introduction. Reason and Speech: Timeless Truth and Secular Echoes........... 1 Part I. Methodologies and Philosophies Chapter One. Egyptian Gold in a Christian Hand: Models for Relating Cognitive Therapy and Orthodox Pastoral Theology ..................... 9 Chapter Two. Worlds Apart: Myth, Method, and Metaphysics ...................... 23 Part II. Theories of Thoughts, Pathology, and Recovery Chapter Three. A Patristic Voyage through the Cognitive Model ................. 49 Chapter Four. A Comparative Anatomy of Psychopathology: Thoughts, Self, and Childhood....................................... 77 Chapter Five. The Fisherman’s Art and the Scientist’s Method: Two Images for Metacognition and Two Types of Education................... 109 ❖A MEETING OF MINDS❖ viii Part III. Human Practitioners and People in Need Chapter Six. Reflections from an Unlikely Portrait Gallery: Spiritual Fathers and Cognitive Therapists................................................ 141 Part IV. Strategies for Therapeutic Change Chapter Seven. Following Ariadne’s Thread: Problems, Goals, Experiments, and Behavioral Interventions ................................... 169 Chapter Eight: To Survey the Thoughts is to Calm Them: Theoria, Watchfulness, and Preliminary Cognitive Skills .......................... 195 Chapter Nine. Cultivating the Garden of the Heart: Patristic Counsel and Cognitive Techniques for Schema Reconstruction.............. 217 Chapter Ten. Final Coda: The Chorus of the Fathers and the Harmonies of Cognitive Therapy ................................................. 251 Notes ............................................................................................................... 263 Bibliography .................................................................................................... 321 Index ............................................................................................................... 335

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