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Positive Psychology & Scripture

Too often in the field of psychology we have focused on what is wrong with the individual, trying to understand and treat disorders. Over time we have learned to understand the various disorders and how to treat them. The focus of Positive Psychology is how to we prevent them from happening in the first place…

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Positive Psychology and Scripture Part III:  Strength of Curiosity

CURIOSITY [Interest, Novelty-Seeking, Openness to Experience] Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering SCRIPTURE Romans 8:19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits…

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Positive Psychology & Scripture Part IV: Strength of Open Mindedness

OPEN-MINDEDNESS [Judgment, Critical Thinking] Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly SCRIPTURE Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Acts 16:14 One of those listening was a woman from…

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Positive Psychology & Scripture Part V: Love of Learning

LOVE OF LEARNING Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally; obviously related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows. SCRIPTURE Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning…

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