A Meeting of Minds
Part II. Theories of Thoughts, Pathology, and Recovery
t PART II t Theories of Thoughts, Pathology, and Recovery ❖ C H A P T E R T H R E E ❖ A Patristic Voyage through the Cognitive Model Some Maritime Knowledge: Charts, Shoals, and Winds n chapter one, we decided that the best method for making use of the Egyptian gold of cognitive therapy would involve an approach of discern- ing openness in which patristic teachings would be given logical priority over psychological concepts and serve as a context in which those concepts would be situated. In the previous chapter, we concluded that the therapeutic practices of cognitive therapy should be separated from certain metaphysical assumptions that are no less dangerous than the proverbial serpent of old. Now in this chapter, we leave those metaphors behind and begin the actual task of mining the allegorical gold and extracting the healing elixir of cognitive therapy. We will do this by examining the basic mechanisms underlying psychopathology according to the cognitive model: viz., meaning assignment, automatic thoughts, and schemata or beliefs. In line with our chosen method, we will first introduce each psychological concept and then more extensively present related patristic teachings that will be translated into modern idiom when necessary. In other words, at times we will attempt to formulate patristic teachings in cognitive terms, so that the two approaches can more easily enter into dialogue. Having thus established a patristic context, we will then lay out the psychological concept in further detail and finally compare the offerings of both...
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