Based on Section 15.8 in Moses, Paul, and Swedenborg:  Three Steps in Rational Spirituality by Leon James (2003). On the Web at:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy/instructor/gloss/moses.html

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Chart of Biological Theology and Behavioral Symptomatology

 

The first column of this chart lists some common behavioral symptoms arranged in 7 sub-categories that are of interest to religious education, moral development, and psychological adjustment. The second column gives a common framework to each sub-category of symptoms as viewed from the perspective of Swedenborg's spiritual psychology. The third column identifies the elements of Swedenborg's theistic science under separate Doctrines. Please note that these compilations represent my own categorizations in accordance with my understanding of Swedenborg and psychology. Research is needed to show the chart's taxonomic validity and usefulness. I invite your comments.

 

Table 1
Illustrations of how biological theology serves as the origin for
clinical and educational practices in spiritual psychology

Behavioral Symptoms in Affective, Cognitive, and Sensorimotor Domains
evils | sins | temptations | ills | disorders | disfunctions

Applications in Rational / Spiritual Psychology
spiritual therapy | religious education | self-help | spiritual growth

Justifications in Biological Theology
doctrines | revelations | illustrations | enlightenment

1. Cognitive Problems

1. Cognitive Therapy

1. Doctrine of Spirits or the Vertical Community

anxieties | basic existential dissatisfaction | being over critical | complaining | cynicism | depression | doubting | feeling inferior | hopelessness | multiple personality | negative self-image | pessimism | phobias | psychosis | schizophrenia | self-denigration | unrealistic expectations | worrying | etc. |

Learning new self-regulatory sentences that can be used to deliberately change one's spiritual associates
(e.g., I am worthwhile vs. I deserve nothing; | or, I could never succeed at that vs. I can do it if I try hard enough); | etc. |

Spirits feel an attraction to certain thoughts or persuasions. When connection with them is thus opened, their affections flow in, thus enslaving the individual as long as the thoughts or beliefs are held on to.

2. Character Weaknesses

2. Religious Morality

2. Doctrine of Temptations and Regeneration

corporeality | cowardice | dangerous lifestyles | drug addiction | drunkenness | eating disorders | gambling | indecisiveness | lack of cleanliness | procrastination | superficiality | thrill seeking | etc. |

Acknowledging God's Omnipotence and shunning evils in oneself as personal sins against the Divine (indicating insufficient love or commitment). Cooperating with God through conscience, exerting daily effort at change.

The Divine Human regenerates everyone through temptations, providing only those that the individual can overcome as-of-self. This process proceeds until death, and in the afterlife one's fate is as one's loves have become.

3. Sexuality Disorders

3. Understanding Psychobiology of Couplehood

3. Doctrine of Conjugial Love

banalization of love | being unromantic | child abuse | coldness among married partners | desacralization of marriage | fear of intimacy | fear of sexuality | fetishism | frigidity | impotence | lack of passion | love of marital infidelity | love of pornography | love of prostitution | love of seducing virgins | mechanical sex | misogyny | persecuting the weak or innocent | profaning Scriptures | promiscuousness | pseudointimacy | rape and the love violation | self-centered approach to sex | sexism | sexual harassment | swearing | uncontrolled lust | unsafe sexual experimentation | vulgarity | etc.

Studying and understanding the psychobiological consequences to the mind when one rejects chastity and fidelity in marriage partners. Recognizing the sacredness of marriage. Practicing this on a daily basis throughout life.

Everyone who has not been sufficiently regenerated retains an inherited hatred of chastity in marriage and of the sphere of innocence of children, which is the sphere of Heaven and God.

4. Psychopathic Tendencies

4. Conscience Therapy

4. Doctrine of the Love of Self

cheating | deceit | delight in punishing | greed | insincerity | lying | manipulating others | megalomania | narcissism | perjury | robbery | shallowness of relationships | etc. |

Learning through self-examination to become aware of one's self-serving biases and restoring the delights of being noble and good

Love of self destroys the conscience. It is chiefly the love of ruling over others and possessing their goods.

5. Sociopathic Tendencies

5. Spiritual Practice

5. Doctrine of the Three Levels of the Mind

antidemocratic tendencies | criminality | cruelty | cultism | discrediting truth | dogmatism | escapism |fundamentalism | impudence | intolerance | irrationality | lack of respect for authority | libel | machismo | malice | mania | murder | obsession | paranoia | persecution | philistinesism | prejudice | rebelliousness | revenge | technophobia | unethical behaviors | xenophobia | etc. |

Learning to do the practice of faith, religion, or spirituality, in order to reopen the spiritual levels of the mind. This level becomes closed when faith or conscience is systematically ignored or reinterpreted to justify oneself. This can be successful only in conjunction with religious morality (see top of Table).

The mind has three levels: natural; spiritual; celestial. The following close the spiritual and celestial levels of the mind, leaving the individual spiritually insane, led by fantasies and, worse than beasts: falsification of the Word; religion of the mouth only; misuse of the Church; cultism; magic; spiritism; materialism; pantheism; atheism; naturalism, and the like.

6. Mood Problems

6. Controlling Sensorimotor Environment

6. Doctrine of the Grand Human

accident proneness | aesthetic dullness and grossness | anger | bad dreams | bad moods | bad posture | compulsions | forgetfulness | grumpiness | inability to concentrate | insomnia | lack of creativity | nightmares | overactive imagination | seasonal affective disorders | etc. |

Learning and experimenting with how to alter one's environment: body position | clothing and coverings | physical context or background | climate | scenery | sequence of acts | etc. |
Such deliberate body and environmental changes alter one's lines of spiritual connections with the Grand Human.

The arrangement and interconnections of spiritual societies are in the image of the human body and in accordance with mental genius or character (spiritual geography).

7. Learned Helplessness

7. New Age Education

7. Doctrine of Uses

acceptance of mediocrity | adult dependency | anti-intellectuality | empty headedness | fatalism | foolishness | giving up prematurely | gullibility | irresponsibility | lack of initiative | laziness | low ambition | not taking responsibility for self | playing the victim | stupidity | etc.

Right-brain educational and socialization practices that emphasize the development and nurture of the affective domain, first, and second, its conjunction with the cognitive domain.

Heavenly life, which is the life of love, intelligence, and wisdom in action, is created by the love of uses, i.e., of desiring to be useful to others and making them happy out of oneself.

 

Related articles:

* Spiritual Psychology:  The Mental Technology of Self-Witnessing:

            Web address:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/nc-self-witnessing.htm

 

* Spiritual Psychology Based on the Writings of Swedenborg

            Web address:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/spiritual-psychology.html

* The Doctrine of the Wife

            Web address:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/wife.html

 

* New Church Education With Dualist Concepts

            Web address:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/newchurch-education.html

* Moses, Paul, and Swedenborg:  Three Steps in Rational Spirituality

            Web address:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/moses.html

 

 


* Directory of Articles and Books by Leon James available on the Web

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