Neuroses are traditionally treated by psychotherapy.
The Orthodox Church has always very decisively spoken out against all occult
activities and magic. The "Book of Rules," based on the decisions of
the Seven Ecumenical Councils and the directions of the holy fathers, and being
the collection of church laws, distinctly and clearly determines this activity
to be ruinous and satanic. Naturally, then, no spiritual father would dare to
suggest going to a medicine man, fortuneteller or medium. But he can bless
turning to a professional psychotherapist for help. But in this case, the
person can still often be in serious danger.
Psychotherapy — is a medical specialization, not connected so much with
healing in the usual sense of the word, as much as acting on the personality of
the ill person, on his soul. It creates good goals for itself, tries to comfort
the sorrowing person, helps him gain spiritual balance. But in practice the
following complex situation occurs: this area of medicine is spiritually
powerless when trying to heal the person’s soul and is in close contact with
it, because it has no moral reference points. One cannot relieve the spiritual
burden of another person without having one’s own spiritual values. "Can
the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?"
A doctor can have a medical degree, the title of professor or academic, but
this still does not alter the situation, if he is a materialistically minded
person, or holds non-Christian viewpoints. His attempts will not give the soul
the necessary reference points, moreover, they can lead it into depths of sin,
and the sorrows of the ailing will only increase. How often have people, who
had first sought out pseudo-psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, hypnotists and so
on, turned to us for help.
Spiritual uncertainty, the helplessness of psychology and psychotherapy
based on moral "pluralism," permitted the introduction of a huge
amount of occult psychotechnology — western, eastern and "homemade,"
which is morally unacceptable.
One of the principles of modern psychological practice is, the "goal
justifies the means." Often doctors offer "advice," which brings
the soul obvious detriment. We often see situations, where the doctors offered
patients out-of-wedlock unions — allegedly with the goal of normalizing family
conflicts — which is simply recommending adultery. A person is counseled to lie
or manipulate other people, if this benefits him (many similar recommendations
can be found in the books by Dale Carnegie).
The tragedy of the modern science of the soul consists in indulging human
passions, trying in any way possible to raise self-esteem or to emphasize
meditation, mental self-regulation through altered states. The preparation of
future psychotherapists is created on an amoral base. Thus, the computer
examination is filled with all sorts of indecencies., Let us present an
example, so as not to be considered unsubstantiated. To the question "What
would you suggest a person that is ill with psychosthenia, read in order to
enliven his flaccid neocortex?" — the correct answer is: "The works
of Guy de Maupassant." Commentaries are superfluous…
The doctor does not choose the patients. Most often, we have people who are
unbelievers or those who do not know the true God — people of other faiths,
neo-heathens. But there are also many who are in search of Truth. Precisely
because of this, the psychotherapist has the responsibility of both doctor and
human. His task is to help the patient limited by illnesses and conflicts,
confusions and losses.
For the doctor devoted to psychotherapy, it is important to have true
spiritual values, which would determine his work with patients. Without a
personal, and, we add — Orthodox — spiritual platform, he will not be able to distinguish
the situational (psychosocial) and biological reasons for the illnesses from
the existential, world-view ones. If the patient is one whose soul desires to
find the Lord, the Orthodox psychotherapist must help him in this.
The doctor, of course, cannot be a substitute for a priest, he only precedes
him, sometimes acting as a "barrier," keeping the patient from
falling into greater temptations and sins — drunkenness, adultery, suicide.
Unfortunately, today the number of Christian psychiatrists and psychotherapists
is a minority. This, as we see it, is one of the reasons for the poor
effectiveness of help with neuroses. Psychotherapy today has thousands of
psychocorrectional techniques. The very quantity shows that psychotherapists do
not know how to heal a person. True recovery from spiritual disorders begins
with a repentant attitude toward God. But in this area, most psychotherapists
are complete ignoramuses.
In summary, we can say that the only psychotherapeutic help that will be
helpful and healthy, is that which leads to Christ, and is led by an Orthodox
doctor or psychologist, leading a Christian way of life. In that case, the word
of the specialist will be supported by the blessed power of God and will
comfort the sick, point out the path to Him, Who is the Truth, the Way and the
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