God Psychology

Born Again Christians

August 7, 2008

I had a “one in a lifetime” opportunity (at least one in my lifetime) to talk to a born and raised Born Again Christians few days ago. It was two wonderful young people visiting from Virginia. They were both raised in a very strict, very literal christian way, and they both realized at some point that it’s not quite for them and started searching for a different path. I was very interested in what they had to say. I have often wondered at the thought process that would lead to conclusions, values and ideas so very different from mine. I surround myself with people who basically agree with my model of reality, so I had no chance to find out how the “others” think, until now. [click to continue…]
I didn’t want to wake up yesterday. I opened my eyes and thought: “I have to get up. But why? So that I can go to work? Again?! I don’t want to go to work, I’m tired of work! Might as well stay in bed.” Why would i feel that, I wondered as I dragged myself out of bed. I work at home, I don’t have to go anywhere I don’t want to be, what I do is what I have chosen to do, I like doing it, no one forces me to do anything, so … why would I feel that I have no choice? Why would I feel this tiredness and resistance? [click to continue…]

All is not lost!

April 15, 2008

German Tots Learn to Answer Call of Nature By MIKE ESTERL April 14, 2008 IDSTEIN, Germany – Each weekday, come rain or shine, a group of children, ages 3 to 6, walk into a forest outside Frankfurt to sing songs, build fires and roll in the mud. To relax, they kick back in a giant “sofa” made of tree stumps and twigs. The birthplace of kindergarten is returning to its roots. While schools and parents elsewhere push young children to read, write and surf the Internet earlier in order to prepare for an increasingly cutthroat global economy, some little Germans are taking a less traveled path – deep into the woods. [click to continue…]
Brooks says that the original purpose of psychology was to describe human’s relationship to God. During last few hundred years this purpose shifted somewhat, and we ended up with psychology that strives to understand, describe and correct human behavior so that it fits inside of society’s norms and ideas of what is “normal”, “right”, “moral”, “desirable”. Psychology makes sure, in short, that we are all good boys and girls. [click to continue…]