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November 2021

Protecting one's soul: A Christian inquiry into defensive activity

Author(s): Burroughs, C. S.

Journal/Book: J Psychol Theol. 2000; 28: 13800 Biola Avenue, Biola University, La Mirada, CA 90639-0001, USA. Rosemead School Psychology. 175-189.

Abstract: Defense mechanisms are widely accepted as important psychological constructs. However, each theoretical community is obliged to reinterpret such complex constructs in light of its own ultimate framework and set of goods. For the Christian, this entails an examination of biblical and theological materials that bear upon the defenses. Soren Kierkegaard's work illustrates the possible fruits of original sin and Christian exploration of defensive activity As is well-known, Freud and his followers developed an orientation to the defenses that is rich, but is also one rooted in secular, naturalistic assumptions. The article concludes with a discussion of some developmental, moral, and treatment implications regarding the defenses from a Christian standpoint.

Note: Article Johnson EL, So Baptist Theol Seminary, 2825 Lexington Rd, Louisville,KY 40280 USA


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