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Christian Psychology - The Self Compass®


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THE NEED FOR CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY

 

When two billion people out of the world population identify themselves as Christian, it is time for a Christian psychology that integrates Christianity with principles of behavioral science. Christians need a psychology that is open to the Trinity's influence and comforting presence in daily life. They need a competent Christian psychology that helps them understand their own personality, relationships, and connection to God.

In short, Christians need a health-oriented Christian psychology that shows them how to be fully human and Christlike in a stress-filled world.

However, as you may know from Western history, the science of psychology divorced itself from Christian doctrine and biblical revelation at the time of the Enlightenment. Behavioral science has considered itself an autonomous human enterprise ever since.

There are positives that arise from this great divorce. For instance, the fields of clinical, educational, and empirical psychology have uncovered a wealth of information about personality structure and function, psychopathology (abnormal psychology), motivation and learning, the body/brain connection (physiological psychology), the dynamics of social relationships (social psychology), and therapeutic transformation (counseling and psychotherapy).

But this enrichment has occurred at a price. Behavioral science has not just brought psychological knowledge into the world, it has brought an assumption that everything about Homo sapiens is explained by genetic and psychosocial factors similarly present in other mammals. The spiritual dimension of persons is considered unscientific, yet it is precisely this spirituality that provides meaning to a person who asks: "Why am I here? How shall I live? What shall I become?"

Thus, too many people who have benefited from psychological knowledge remain unaware that they are precious to God and dear in his sight. They can be left floundering in a big, impersonal universe without a center that holds.

How can people benefit from both psychology and spirituality?


A SELF COMPASS FOR CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY

   

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Dan and Kate Montgomery offer a holistic integration of modern psychology with Trinitarian Christianity. This approach to Christian psychology uses the Self Compass growth tool to help people transform their personality and relationships in Christlike ways.

Compass Christian psychology suggests that every human personality exhibits compass points of both Love and Assertion, and Weakness and Strength (the LAWS of personality).

These compass points are both the key to healthy personality, and when mismanaged, the essence of psychopathology and personality disorders.

Christ both demonstrated the balanced expression of the LAWS of personality in his earthly life, and seeks as the Risen Lord to cultivate a similar personality balance in every person who responds to him.

Individuals who respond to Christ are helped by the Holy Spirit to make gradual progress toward psychological and spiritual wholeness.


MONTGOMERY BOOKS APPLYING CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY

 

These Montgomery books combine Christian psychology with biblical theology, offering practical steps for Christlike growth in personality and relationships. Order a book by clicking on its title.

COMPASS THERAPY: CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION

“Compass Therapy makes a very important contribution to counseling and how the Christian faith and psychology can work together to bring healing into person’s lives. The case studies are excellent.”

Abigail Rian Evans, Ph.D., Chair of Pastoral Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

CHRISTIAN PERSONALITY THEORY: A SELF COMPASS FOR HUMANITY

“Dan and Kate Montgomery have done it again. In this elaboration of Compass Theory into a full-blown theory of personality, they have combined a solid understanding of the Judeo/Christian faith with the best in multi-dimensional theorizing about human personhood.”

H. Newton Malony, Ph.D., Senior Professor, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

COMPASS PSYCHOTHEOLOGY: WHERE PSYCHOLOGY & THEOLOGY REALLY MEET

“A bridge-building effort to bring together the concerns of modern psychotherapy and the historic Trinitarian faith: deserves critical examination.”

Donald G. Bloesch, Ph.D., Professor of Theology Emeritus, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary


COMPASS SERIES BOOKS VIDEO

 

Dan Montgomery describes the complete Compass Series, including a Christian fiction novel: VIDEO.

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