The emotions of Advent: part II

Continuing our discussion… Sadness is the root for grief. It is felt as a precursor to the change of heart and ways that Jesus calls us to with his words of “Repent for the Kingdom of God is near”. In our sadness we ask for the grace to hold the reality of our parts that seem…

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The emotions of Advent: part I

The call of Advent is to worship by acknowledging and holding the tensions between Joy, Excitement, Sadness and Fear.  These are the parts of Advent described in primary emotions, the emotions that are the root of secondary emotions like surprise, anger, anxiety and happiness. Emotions are attached to needs. When as worship leaders we validate…

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God as a Self-Object

Tanya Luhrmann, in the December 2012 Psychology Today, describes the therapy of Self Psychology (a branch of contemporary psychoanalysis) in this way:  …a patient who was helped by therapy was able to act and think and feel as if always aware of that therapist’s loving concern, as if the patient became the person created within…