From the author:Psychology is a river with many branches and tributaries. This book is not intended to explore every branch but to chart the general direction and force of the stream. The criticisms I offer in the pages that follow are directed toward psychology as a social force: in other word, psychology as it influences our everyday ways of thinking and acting....
|Title||:||Psychological Seduction: The Failure of Modern Psychology|
|Number of Pages||:||235 Pages|
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Psychological Seduction: The Failure of Modern Psychology Reviews
An interesting book, but it seems like I had heard most of this before. But maybe it represented much more original thinking back in 1983. Perhaps I had heard about it all before because he wrote about it way back then.The best part of the book was the comparison of Christianity as a (true) story we live to psychology which can never be a story because it is mostly centered only on the self and not how he fits into something bigger than himself. The book's best insights often come from wisdom Kirkpatrick has gleaned from G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. The biggest drawback to the book is the near absence of footnotes. For instance, I was reading this in the first chapter, "A recent book by a renowned evangelical minister calls for a 'new reformation' based on self-esteem, which he calls 'the highest value.' In this 'emerging reformation,' says the author, psychology and theology will 'work side by side as strong allies.'" Who was this author? To read the word "emerging" there implies that the "emerging church" movement has roots that go quite a ways back in time, but how can I find out more without footnotes?This lack of rigorous crediting of sources and lack of a professional feel to the book's written style is what keeps it from being a four-star book for me. But it is still a great book with plenty of commonsense wisdom about how to view one's life.
Written almost 30 years ago, Psychological Seduction is a great book to see the differences between psychology and Christianity. Whichever side of the discussion you take, because Kilpatrick's tone is irenic, you will receive a very fair representation both views. Kilpatrick is obviously a Christian, but he presents his case in a winsome and kind manner.The only criticism I have of the book is that he didn't site any sources for his facts or studies.Because we live in a psychologized culture, I highly recommend this book to every Christian who desires to walk more closely with the living God. It is very important for us to know what we have inadvertently tasted, swallowed, and become.
Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 10, as one of Eight Books on Evil and Suffering.