Podcast — The Dangers of Modern Psychology

Psychology has been around in one form or another for a long time. We wonder why we act the way we do, why tinhorn anti-creationists want to "prove" their superior intelligence by acting like angry children (which includes libel, lying outright, and trolling), why the woman in the upstairs apartment throws leftover chicken on the lawn instead of using a garbage bin, and more. Sometimes, psychology is fun to ponder.

Much of modern psychology is based on evolutionary and humanistic ideas. This and more are discussed in this podcast interview of Valerie Ellis by Michael Boehm.
Sigmund Freud / Max Halberstadt / Wikimedia Commons / PD
Unfortunately, modern psychology is primarily based on materialistic and evolutionary ideas; perhaps that is why there are many schools of thought, and variations on those as well. None of them has the answers, old son. A psychologist present a buffet-style treatment drawn from several sources. Ironically for me, in my apostate time, I benefited from a variation on "probablistic atheist" Albert Ellis' REBT (who said that his views had nothing to do with his therapy methods). Psychology is all about me, it's very humanistic and self-centered.

It can benefit people, but so can time and "waiting it out". Talking with a concerned friend can be beneficial and also save a lot of money, but counseling from the Bible gets to the root of the problems — especially if the counselor knows that we are created in God's image, and not just glorified animals.

Sigmund "Frood Dude" Freud is considered to be the founder of modern psychology, and the "father of psychoanalysis". His controversial ideas have lost favor later on, and he had some strange evolutionary assertions about God that lack evidence. He had an influence on other psychologists.

When materialists define science, they set up several of their own rules so they can rule out creation science and Intelligent Design. However, they also rule out psychology and sociology, which are accepted as sciences even though they do not fit the criteria. They are not very testable, measurable, repeatable, observable — medications taking shots in the dark, since the machinations of the mind are mysterious. Diagnoses can also cause problems, such as schizophrenia, which may not be a real illness at all, and may cause people to fulfill the diagnosis. Indeed, it's easy to make up a diagnosis and sound all highfalutin scientific.

My diagnosis of this has nothing to do with psychology, and everything to do with Bible-denying worldviews.
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Michael Boehm of Youth Apologetics Training interviewed Valerie Ellis from the Colorado Biblical Counseling Center. It's a mighty interesting discussion, and you can listen or download here (security settings may block the page from loading, try the "private" or "incognito" mode). If you get a pop-up on the download asking you to register, there's a "Maybe Later" button that will let the download continue.