Concordia Theological Monthly

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self, concept, counseling, individual adjustment, rogers, anxiety, cooley, mental health, pastoral, relationship, buder

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Recent experimentation has shown that what a person thinks of himself, that is, his self-concept, is very important in his ability to adjust to life's problems. This article will examine the importance which the self-concept plays in counseling and the way in which pastoral counseling will deal with this self-concept. Since the aim of secular counseling (and pastoral counseling to a large extent) is to help the individual adjust to his marital and other situational difficulties, this article will show that the counselor must be concerned with the typical low self-feelings of his counselee and should try to adopt a technique of counseling that will help the person to accept himself more fully and so be better able to adjust.


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Laity; Ministers; Scholars