Colloquia Theologica Ottoniana (Jan 2014)

Proweniencja, rozwój i specyfika „dialogowego ja” psychologii pastoralnej

  • Andrzej Pankalla,
  • Anna Wieradzka-Pilarczyk

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 2


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History of pastoral psychology, since its inception on the basis of nineteenth-century Protestantism, up to the present, reveals a problem with the placement among disciplines. The reasons for the fuzzy identity is seen in the ongoing inability to reconcile the relationship of psychology and religion, passing from overt hostility stages (Freudianism, Marxism), by equating reductionism with a simple psychic phenomena and spiritual, or mutual indifference, the openness and sharing of their achievements. The article presents the current pastoral psychology as a specific area “in-between” psychology (of religion) and pastoral theology. Given the history of this young discipline, outlines the relationship of pastoral psychology and other disciplines, indicating that the unclear identity “at the crossroads” of theology and psychology, may constitute in essence its a great resource built on the ability of interdisciplinary dialogue and writing flexible to the needs of modern man with his polyphonic nature.