Part of pastoring is looking out for the well-being of communities in all their human needs. Coronavirus has brought many of those needs to the forefront in new ways including the human need to connect with others. What are psychologists learning about this need right now?
Psychology & Neuroscience
The Thrive Center at Fuller Seminary promotes a vision of human thriving based on science and spirituality by creating resources to inspire, educate and equip those who care for kids. A portion of their website is dedicated to resources (both English and Spanish) for thriving as we face the uncertainty COVID-19.
Humans are relational beings. Biologists often refer to us as a social species, one of the most social of all species. Isolation is not in our nature. In fact, most of what nurtures us is interpersonal connections. So what do we do when, for the greater good, we are forced to stay away from one another, to not to leave our homes unless it is absolutely necessary?
It’s hard to wrap our minds around the idea of baby Jesus – fully God and yet with all the limitations inherent to human infancy. Fuller Seminary professor Justin Barrett guest writes our newsletter today, drawing on knowledge from psychology, cognitive science, and evolution to point to the beauty of this dependence and vulnerability.
You largely trust your own mind, right? It is a source of reliable knowledge, except, maybe for those moments you can’t remember where you left your keys. Well, psychology tells a very different story. There are dozens of biases that impact how reasonably, or accurately, or unselfishly our minds function.
In recent decades, many interesting studies have examined how religion and faith help us deal with stress, loss, and trauma. Events as different as 9/11, near-death experiences, and caring for someone with cancer have been studied.