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Psychology and the Cross

Psychology and the Cross

Roman Catholic Books

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The book that integrated the Passion of Our Lord with genuine mental health.

The keys to making the Passion more present. To the initial astonishment of Catholicmoral theologians a century ago,psychology discovered to provideinvaluable guidance in developingpersonality. In this trail-blazing book,first published in 1958, priest-educator G. Emmett Cartergathered the wisest Christian thought about psychology—showing how it can aid the Christian in:• achieving maturity• overcoming character defects• conquering emotional disorders

Fr. Carter then shows how sound psychology draws all itsstrength from the truths of Christianity—while an even deeperunderstanding of supernatural truth and the Cross can beachieved. Highlights:

  • Where the Bible itself provides us with “a blueprint forthe study of man’s psychic forces”
  • Pius XII’s instructions to Christian scholars concerningthe study of psychology
  • Main findings and errors of secular psychology
  • Why the Christian way is also the right psychological way
  • Original Sin: the centrality of this doctrine tounderstanding the psychological makeup of the individual
  • The great Christian virtue which is also “the greatpsychological virtue”
  • Why it is bad theology—and worse psychology—tohold up any human being as an absolute ideal
  • Our Lord as the only universal ideal of character—foreveryone, in every state in life, and in every situation
  • Exactly how psychology draws strength from the truthsof Christianity
  • The true meaning of self-development, in Christian terms.How some non-Christian psychologists pervert that meaning
  • Guidelines for parents and educators
  • Suicide: why it always means someone hasfundamentally erred, if sane
  • How the Faith provides the only truly adequatepsychological defense against despair and suicide
  • What should we present as the true ideal of “success” toyoung people?
  • The proper psychological (and Christian) attitudetowards fear
  • How purely materialistic psychologists destroy the onlysure basis for building up the human personality
  • How Christianity gives the answer not only to thequestion of life’s end, but also to its conduct as the means tothat end
  • Did a sex-obsessed Freud have any real insights?
  • How your unconscious mind operates
  • How, in seeking the full development of our humanpotentialities we seek also the fullness of Christ, the perfect man
  • Two dangers in the training of youth
  • The difference between rebellion and healthy selfassertion
  • How rebellion leads to neuroses and psychoses
  • Punishment, a part of a truly Christian education