The Christian And Self-Esteem

Positive Addiction, by William Glasser (Harper & Row, 1976, 152 pp., $6.95), Love Yourself, by Walter Trobisch (InterVarsity, 1976, 55 pp., $1.50 pb), The Sensation of Being Somebody, by Maurice E. Wagner (Zondervan, 251 pp., $6.95), If You Really Knew Me Would You Still Like Me?, by Eugene Kennedy (Argus, 1975, 118 pp., $1.95 pb), Hide and Seek, by James Dobson (Revell, 1974, 159 pp., $4.95), and Communication: Key to Your Marriage, by H. Norman Wright (Regal, 1974, 194 pp., $1.95 pb), are reviewed by Elizabeth Skoglund, counselor, Burbank, California.

In this post-Freudian era of psychotherapy, a large number of therapeutic approaches other than psychoanalysis have appeared on the scene. Psychotherapy is gradually becoming more acceptable within Christian thinking, partly since many of these more recent forms do not have the strong anti-God effect of the teachings of Freud. Also, some of these newer techniques work, while all too often psychoanalysis does not.

The importance of a good self-image is increasingly being stressed in psychological theory. This concept is becoming acceptable to Christians. Many formerly would have rejected the idea that one could or should love himself. But self-acceptance is clearly a Christian teaching: Christ himself commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves; and God is a God of truth, not wanting his followers to view themselves as either better or worse than they actually are.

One of the most effective bridges joining psychotherapy and the concept of self-worth to the Church has been the writing of psychiatrist William Glasser: Reality Therapy, Schools Without Failure, The Identity Society, and most recently Positive Addiction. In his practical approach to ...

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