Kierkegaard as a Christian psychologist

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Tietjen, Mark A. and Evans, C. Stephen 2011. Kierkegaard as a Christian psychologist. Journal of Psychology and Christianity. 30 (4), pp. 274 - 283.
AuthorsTietjen, Mark A. and Evans, C. Stephen

Kierkegaard is often numbered among those early influences on the modern discipline of psychology, but what exactly are his views, and what relevance have they for the Christian psychologist? This article investigates Kierkegaard's psychology and in particular, its Christian features and aims. We begin by discussing his theological anthropology, his view of the human self as a fundamentally relational being. Then we turn to his depth psychology, and consider the relation of sin to its psychological cousins-anxiety and despair. Next we consider his developmental view of the person, namely the three stages or spheres of existence. We conclude with a brief discussion about how Kierkegaard might benefit Christian therapeutic practice.

JournalJournal of Psychology and Christianity
Journal citation30 (4), pp. 274 - 283
PublisherChristian Association for Psychological Studies, Inc.
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Page range274 - 283
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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