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Cognitive Refutations

Dr. Brian Campbell



 

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

(2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV)



I've been teaching you that my model of the integration of psychology and theology focuses on the concept of beliefs. Remember, not everything that you believe is necessarily true.  For example, you may have been taught some very toxic or harmful beliefs by your parents or caretakers. These toxic beliefs are often crucial to understanding psychopathology. That is, irrational beliefs (or lies) taught by parents can be at the core of disorders such as anxiety, depression, etc.


What's more, even your Christian faith can be fraught with irrational beliefs.  Not everything you are taught at church or by pastors is necessarily true.  Well intentioned theologians are influenced by worldviews that can bias their interpretation of Scriptures and the Truth.


Once we have identified irrational beliefs (lies), we can help our clients challenge the validity of these beliefs.  One way to accomplish this is to refute (argue against; prove to be wrong) irrational beliefs.


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The process of correcting (refuting) irrational beliefs typically involves exposing clients to the Truth (as contained in the Bible and in the teaching of Jesus Christ).  For example, many individuals are taught that they are "dumb" ore "stupid," or that no one could possibly love them.  For many people, it is important to show them the truth of how God views them (as presented in the holy Bible).  To aid in this process, I have developed a chapter in one of my books entitled "Who I am..."  The truths contained therein can be extremely important for helping defeat irrational beliefs taught by the world, and the resulting unhealthy thinking, emotions, and behavior that many clients experience. 


You might want to have clients read the Biblical truths in the above mentioned chapter (see below for link) on a regular basis, or assign specific refutations (and related scriptures) for memorization and further Bible study.  In addition, individuals might be encouraged to meditate on one or more of these scriptures and/or pray and ask God to help release them from the bondage of the irrational beliefs that are a stronghold in their lives. 


Factoid:  You might be interested to know that one of the most popular books for the treatment of ADHD is entitled, "You Mean I'm Not Lazy, Crazy, or Stupid?"  The title reflects that toxic beliefs that are taught to individuals who grow up with ADHD.  Obviously, individuals with this disorder could be helped greatly if they were taught the truth about how God views them. 


To view "Who I Am..." click here.


Blessings,

Dr. Campbell