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Counseling Anger

Counseling Anger

Anxiety.  Fear.  Depression. Anger.  We are collegiate missionaries and not counselors, yet we are regularly encountering these emotions among students on nearly every campus we serve.  Over the last 3 weeks, we jave been posting papers written by TJ Chesnut for a seminary class on Biblically counseling individuals experiencing these emotions.  Hopefully each paper will give you Scriptural direction as you relate with students.  - Andy

In defining anger Robert Jones states, “Anger is our whole-person active response of negative moral judgment against a perceived evil.” I personally like this definition because it encapsulates a wide range of components that come into play with anger. First, this definition shows that anger is not simply a response of our mind or emotion but of our whole being – body, mind, emotion, etc. Second, this definition points out that anger is an active response; there is an element of action that is being taken by an angry individual. Third, Jones’ definition recognizes that our anger does not simply appear out of nowhere but is targeted at something or someone. Fourth, this working definition displays that anger is a “moral emotion” that makes a moral judgment that carries with it condemnation. Lastly, Jones’ definition states that judgment is brought against a “perceived evil.” This point draws attention to how human anger is subjective because a perceived evil may not be evil objectively.

Counseling Depression

Counseling Depression

Anxiety.  Fear.  Depression. Anger.  We are collegiate missionaries and not counselors, yet we are regularly encountering these emotions among students on nearly every campus we serve.  Over the next 2 weeks, as well as last week, we will be posting papers written by TJ Chesnut for a seminary class on Biblically counseling individuals experiencing these emotions.  Hopefully each paper will give you Scriptural direction as you relate with students.  - Andy

Using a more severe form of depression as their benchmark (Major Depressive Disorder), the American Psychiatric Association defines depression as, “A common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.”[1] While this serves as a footing from which an individual can begin to understand depression it is not so cut and dry that it can be accurately defined in its entirety within a couple of sentences. Ed Welch speaks wisely in describing depression “as a continuum of severity. On one end it is bothersome, at the other end debilitating.”[2] A depressed individual may show symptoms from three different categories ranging from emotional symptoms to physical/behavioral symptoms to mental symptoms.

Counseling Anxiety & Worry

Counseling Anxiety & Worry

Anxiety.  Fear.  Depression. Anger. We are collegiate missionaries and not counselors, yet we are regularly encountering these emotions among students on nearly every campus we serve.  Over the next 3 weeks, we will be posting papers written by TJ Chesnut for a seminary class on Biblically counseling individuals experiencing these emotions.  Hopefully each paper will give you Scriptural direction as you relate with students.  - Andy

Description of the Problem

Defining fear and anxiety, while two separate topics, can be tricky because they do overlap with one another. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines fear as an “emotional response to a real or perceived immanent threat”[1] and defines anxiety as “anticipation of future threat.”[2] While these are distinct definitions they do have shared aspects in that an individual cannot experience anxiety without fear because to be anxious about something is to fear the possibility of threat. And while fear is a natural response due to vulnerability, it is the moment when fear rules an individual’s life that it becomes an anxiety disorder.