How valuable is understanding psychology in living a Christian life? Like, how much does it help us understand ourselves? Is the modern understanding of psychology valid (say, as opposed to pop-psychology)?
I’ve had this conversation plenty of times and it appears to be endless. I’ll break it down as easy as I can.
1) Secular psychology is useful for diagnostics and research.
While I absolutely believe Scripture is the highest court of authority as God’s sufficient powerful revelation, both for salvation and wisdom, there are “lower courts” of authority worth a listen.
Psychology says some whacky things about the human condition, particularly the causes and solutions. But two things in psychology are helpful: diagnoses and research.
While certain diagnostic labels like “bipolar” or “manic depressive” are shotgun phrases that cover a lot of things (most psychologists still can’t agree on definitions), it’s a good starting place to know how you’re diving in. Psychologists speak a specific language that others can pick up on, sort of a shorthand for an array of issues. So at least upfront, the vocabulary helps.