Sin, Pride & Self Acceptance
What is at the root of the problem of humanity? Is it pride or lack of self-esteem? Do we love ourselves too much or too little? The debate about the human condition has often been framed this way in both...
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What is at the root of the problem of humanity?
Is it pride or lack of self-esteem?
Do we love ourselves too much or too little?
The debate about the human condition has often been framed this way in both theological and psychological circles. Convictions about preaching, teaching, marriage and child rearing, as well as politics, social welfare, business management and the helping professions, more often than not, fall on one side or the other of this divide. With theological and psychological insight Terry D. Cooper provides trenchant analysis of this centuries-long debate and leads us beyond the usual impasse.
Humanistic psychology has often regarded traditional Christianity as its archrival in assessing the human condition. Cooper demonstrates how the Christian doctrine of a sinful and fallen humanity sheds light on the human condition which exhibits both pride and self-denigration. Bringing theological insights ranging from Augustine and John Calvin to Reinhold Niebuhr together with the psychological theories of Freud, Jung, Carl Rogers, Gerald May and Karen Horney, Cooper guides readers through the maze of competing claims to a resolution which affirms Christian conviction while critically engaging modern psychological theory.
A model of the proper integration of Christian theology and the discipline of psychology, SIN, PRIDE %26 SELF-ACCEPTANCE will be of special help to students and practitioners of psychology, pastoral counselling and clinical psychology.
IntroductionThe Direction of This Book1. Pride and Self-ContemptPsychological Critics of the "Low Self-Esteem" ArgumentSocial Critiques of Self-CenterednessRogers and Niebuhr as Representatives of the DebateReenactment of the Pelagian ControversyThe Larger Issue: Sin and Self-Acceptance2. Pride As the Primary ProblemAnxiety and Pride: Niebuhrian Theological PsychologyDifferences with AugustineNiebuhr and Freud: The Deceptive Nature of SinThe Primacy of PrideWarning About Equating Narcissism with Niebuhrian PrideSummary3. Pride, Sensuality and AddictionSensuality, Concupiscence and Addiction: From Augustine to Gerald MayBack to the Pride Versus Self-Contempt ConflictBut Is Pride the Problem for Everyone?4. Pride and Self-LossPride and Self-Loss: Socialized to Sin Differently?Social Versus Individual SinConclusion5. Self-Acceptance and Humanisstic PsychologyThe "Gospel" of Humanistic Psychology: The Actualizing Tendency"Natural Goodness": The Organismic Valuing ProcessIncongruence and the Emergence of the Undervalued SelfReclaiming the Despised Self"Theologizing" Carl Rogers?Pride and Low Self-Esteem Intertwined?6. Pride and Self-Hate: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Basic AnxietyThree Neurotic Trends to Alleviate AnxietyCommon Bonds in All Three MovementsThe Idealized SelfThree Responses to the Idealized SelfPride and Self-HateThe "Search for Glory"Neurotic Claims and EntitlementGenuine Self-Esteem and Neurotic PrideHorney's Contribution to the Pride Versus Self-Contempt Debate7. Anxiety, Sin and Self-UnderstandingIntegrating the Pride and Self-Contempt PerspectivesBack to Niebuhr and Feminist Understandings of SinPride and DistrustPride and Sensuality: A Confusion of Terms?"Manly" and "Womanly" SinEquality of Sin, Inequality of GuiltAnxiety and Its Relationship to SinSinning Out of Strength as Well as WeaknessConclusionSelect BibliographyAuthor IndexSubject Index
Terry D. Cooper (Ed.D, human development counseling, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D., theology and psychotherapy, St. Louis University) is professor of psychology at St. Louis Community College-Meramec and adjunct professor of religious studies at Webster University. He is the author of Sin, Pride & Self-Acceptance and Making Judgments Without Being Judgmental.
- The Direction Of This Book
- <strong>1. Pride And Self-contempt</strong>
- Psychological Critics Of The "low Self-esteem" Argument
- Social Critiques Of Self-centeredness
- Rogers And Niebuhr As Representatives Of The Debate
- Reenactment Of The Pelagian Controversy
- The Larger Issue: Sin And Self-acceptance
- <strong>2. Pride As The Primary Problem</strong>
- Anxiety And Pride: Niebuhrian Theological Psychology
- Differences With Augustine
- Niebuhr And Freud: The Deceptive Nature Of Sin
- The Primacy Of Pride
- Warning About Equating Narcissism With Niebuhrian Pride
- <strong>3. Pride, Sensuality And Addiction</strong>
- Sensuality, Concupiscence And Addiction: From Augustine To Gerald May
- Back To The Pride Versus Self-contempt Conflict
- But Is Pride The Problem For Everyone?
- <strong>4. Pride And Self-loss</strong>
- Pride And Self-loss: Socialized To Sin Differently?
- Social Versus Individual Sin
- <strong>5. Self-acceptance And Humanisstic Psychology</strong>
- The "gospel" Of Humanistic Psychology: The Actualizing Tendency
- "natural Goodness": The Organismic Valuing Process
- Incongruence And The Emergence Of The Undervalued Self
- Reclaiming The Despised Self
- "theologizing" Carl Rogers?
- Pride And Low Self-esteem Intertwined?
- <strong>6. Pride And Self-hate: Two Sides Of The Same Coin?</strong>
- Basic Anxiety
- Three Neurotic Trends To Alleviate Anxiety
- Common Bonds In All Three Movements
- The Idealized Self
- Three Responses To The Idealized Self
- Pride And Self-hate
- The "search For Glory"
- Neurotic Claims And Entitlement
- Genuine Self-esteem And Neurotic Pride
- Horney's Contribution To The Pride Versus Self-contempt Debate
- <strong>7. Anxiety, Sin And Self-understanding</strong>
- Integrating The Pride And Self-contempt Perspectives
- Back To Niebuhr And Feminist Understandings Of Sin
- Pride And Distrust
- <em>pride</em> And <em>sensuality:</em> A Confusion Of Terms?
- "manly" And "womanly" Sin
- Equality Of Sin, Inequality Of Guilt
- Anxiety And Its Relationship To Sin
- Sinning Out Of Strength As Well As Weakness
- Select Bibliography
- Author Index
- Subject Index