When Emotions Rule

THOUGHTS OF TYRANNY never induce happy thoughts. Such totalitarianism leaves little room for fulfillment of individual dreams and desires. We hope for sunshine and bunny rabbits and ice cream cones. We never expect gray skies and hopelessness, but all bets are off when emotions rule; when feelings become the main impetus for action. It is …

Act Like Men: Part 1

BAD NEWS. MEN ARE IN TROUBLE. James MacDonald says the five main areas where men spend their money—electronics, sports, cars, gambling, and alcohol—are clues to a self-centered perspective on life (1). Jason Allen writes, "Not that long ago, the phrase man of God was a common and honored descriptor in the church, but today it …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Five

Steven Barto, B.S., Psy, M.A. Theology WE LEARNED IN THE previous installments of this series that psychology is a discipline with a rich history. Plato and Aristotle, for example, created elaborate theories that attempted to account for a myriad of developmental issues: memory, perception, learning. Initial philosophers and theorists took an eclectic approach, exploring matters …

The Gluttony of Our Appetites Part One: Origin

Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy., M.A. Theology ALCOHOL. POWER. MONEY. FOOD. SEX. All of these are capable normal appetites which can morph into full-blown addictions. From a personal perspective, my desires were out of hand, and were causing ruin in my life. As hard as I struggled, getting my problem appetites under control had …

A Most Vexing Problem

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology FOR THE FOURTH TIME this newscast I grabbed for the remote and muted yet another 90-second commercial touting the glorious new activity of gambling online. Sexy young voluptuous blondes and brunettes with plunging necklines smile seductively and splay decks of cards, gesturing. These TV ads bear the …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Four

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology Since the birth of psychoanalysis, there has been a disconnect between psychology/psychiatry and theology. Freud’s worldview was that belief in God was nothing short of neurotic. I HAVE BEEN ASTONISHED for years about the human condition. Too much violence, sadness, depression, anxiety, and angst among the population. …

Referee

The pain of loneliness and the excitement of adventure face off, each convinced of its position, mutually exclusive of the other. To what do I owe this honor? A front row seat to the fight of the century. As blows are struck, drops of sweat fly in my face. Poignant reminders, Rude, salty, definitive. Whom …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Three

By Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.T.S. IN PART ONE OF THIS SERIES we discussed the advent of social science, whose practitioners slowly changed the face of mental health counseling. Psychiatry stood as the primary specialty for treating psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. Psychiatrists typically do not engage in meaningful long-term clinical …

Stigma and the Toll of Addiction

By Nora D. Volkow, M.D.Executive Director, National Institute on Drug Addiction Original Post April 20, 2020 Each day in 2018, an average of 185 people in the United States died from a drug overdose (1). In fact, recent declines in U.S. life expectancy are being attributed to direct and indirect effects of alcohol and drug …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Two

By Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.T.S. A NUMBER OF PHILOSOPHERS of the Enlightenment began publishing their thoughts in the late 1600s to early 1700s, and detractors almost immediately took on the task of stating their objections. Public debate began in Europe and Western Civilization whose echoes can be heard today. Enlightenment was characterized by skepticism …

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