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Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy

A Meeting of Minds


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 Index t ❖A❖ absolution, 142–149 absorption, 14 abstinence, 182–183 Academy of Cognitive Therapy, 145 accusation, 298 “action-belief-consequence” paradigm, 3 activity monitoring, 187–188. See also scheduling time acquired immune deficiency syndrome, 176 Address to Young Men on the Right Use of Greek Literature, 16 advantage-disadvantage analysis, 238 affect, identifying cognitions under heightened, 208 Agathon, Abba, 191 all-or-nothing thinking as cognitive distortion, 84–89 daily logs in treatment of, 187–188 metacognition vs., 123 patristic counsel and, 90 Allport, Gordon, 73 Ambrose of Milan, Saint on confession, 161 on grief, 229 on meaning assignment, 52 on problem-solving, 172 on wise thoughts, 288 anamnesis, 197 Anastasius of Sinai, Saint, 80–81, 109 angelic thought, 61 Anthony the Great, Saint, 202, 247 anthropology, 5 anti-social personality disorder, 96 anxiety disorders “as-if” technique in, 190 critical decision technique in, 191 metacognition vs., 123 schemata in, 71 thoughts vs. feelings in, 132–133 apostasy, 12–13 Ariadne's thread as metaphor, 169–170, 192–194 art of spiritual vigilance, 113–117 ascension, 30 Ascetical Homilies, 118–120, 224, 226 asceticism children and, 99–101 Christ as model for, 288 cultivating virtues in, 219 introduction to, 1–6 passions vs., 67 philautia in, 92 praxis and, 181–186, 192 thoughts in, 63 on types of bad thoughts, 79 watchfulness and, 197 “as-if” technique, 189–192, 258 Athanasius the Great, Saint, 15, 223 atomism, 32–34 Augoustidis, Fr. Adamantios, 4 Augustine of Hippo, Saint on Christ as model for spiritual fathers, 147–148 on Christ's...

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