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Introduction to Psychology and Counseling: Christian Perspectives and Applications 2nd Edition

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From the Back Cover

This standard introduction to psychology and counseling offers an explanation of classic theory and a holistic Christian view of humanity and counseling. The book includes over one hundred "spotlights" (brief essays featuring persons, ideas, and applications relevant to Christian counseling), copious illustrations, a glossary explaining technical terms, and thorough indexes. The text, organized according to the way introductory counseling courses are taught, serves as a helpful reference tool of enduring value.

Subject areas include:
• personality
• classic psychological theory
• the biological basis of behavior
• emotions and motivation
• memory, cognition, self-concept
• child and adult development
• sensation and perception
• social psychology
• individual and family counseling
• psychology of religion
• abnormal psychology
• individual and group therapy

About the Author

Paul D. Meier, MD, is a psychiatrist and cofounder of Meier Clinics, a national chain of Christian counseling clinics. He previously taught at Dallas Theological Seminary. FFrank Minirth, MD (1946-2015) was president of the Minirth Clinic in Richardson, Texas, and an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. Frank B. Wichern (PhD, Emory University) is a licensed clinical psychologist in Texas and Colorado. Donald E. Ratcliff (PhD, University of Georgia) is coauthor of several books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801039320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801039324
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a tremendous book for those interested in Christian counseling. I already own one; I'm buying another for my father who is a pastoral counselor. I am currently a counseling graduate student at John Brown University and the variety of subject material that this book covers is simply amazing. It is by far my favorite counseling book, and I have read dozens. It does not knock science, as unfortunately some Christian counseling theorists do. It recognizes scientific truths, while remaining true to the Bible.
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If you are looking for an introduction to counseling from a Christian perspective this is a great book to start with. It was used in a psychology college course and I found the material to be interesting and informative. The authors did a great job at showing the different views and theories within psychology and didn't only share their own opinion.

I was amused to see two reviews mention the subject of demon-posession as a pro or a con towards the book. That was not what this book was about and the section they mention is just a tiny part of the book. They in no way implied that all mentally ill people are demon posessed.

As a textbook, this book was easy to read and not boring. It's always refreshing to see an easy to read handbook on psychology.
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This is a fine book to use for homeschooling psychology to the Christian high schooler. The teacher will need to assign essays or book reports, as there are no "questions and answers," but it covers the info for high school or beginning college understanding of psychology pretty well.
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This book is a must for all biblical, pastoral, and clinician counselors. This work is not only scholarly put together, but it goes beyond the norm by giving the student indepth analyses to the brain, mood disorders, and historical facts and data. There are several citations through out, which also includes thoughts and conclusions reached by secular psychologists, and psychiatrists.

They discuss demon posession, and methods and approaches to counseling. This book should be a must for every bible college, and seminary that offers professional, pastoral, or biblical counseling as a pursuient.

Well done!
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Table of Contents
Preface 1. Introduction to Psychology 2. The Biological Basis of Behavior 3. Sensation and Preception 4. Emotions 5. Motivation 6. Learning 7. Memory, Cognition, and Self-Esteem 8. Intelligence 9. Social Psychology 10. Child Development 11. Adolescent and Adult Development 12. Personality 13. The Psychology of Religion 14. Abnormal Psychology 15. Psychotherapy and Personal Counseling 16. Group and Family Counseling Afterword Appendix: Self-Change Projects Glossary Index of Names Index of Subjects
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Paul Meier is a psychiatrist and founder of Meier Clinics, a nonprofit Christian counseling organization; he is also a bestselling author [e.g., The Third Millenium: A Novel]. Frank Minirth is also a psychiatrist and president of the Minirth Clinic in Texas, as well as an adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. They formerly operated their clinics jointly, and had a radio show that aired on more than 200 stations, but in 1996 they separated their interests (amicably, we are told). They have also written books such as Happiness is a Choice, Mood Swings, Christian Psychiatry, etc.

Coauthor Donald Ratliff wrote in his Preface to the Second (1991) Edition, "In recent years 'psychology bashing' has become the favorite pastime of certain Christians. Dave Hunt [Psychology And The Church, The Seduction of Christianity] and a host of others have decried the use or even study of psychology by Christians. Could psychology be part of a New Age conspiracy?... On the other hand, many Christians like James Dobson, a clinical psychologist, have not compromised their faith as they have studied and used psychology.
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From the physical basis to counseling modalities, this is the obvious textbook of choice for schools desiring to teach psychology from a Christian viewpoint. This is great for upper division high school or a general course for college students.
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I bought this as a possible textbook for a Christian-based highschool psych class. It is an excellent resource, well-written, but it was too technical for my needs. It is great to have as a reference.
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