Episode 84: What Does Catholic Anthropology Even Mean? w/ Dr. Bryan Violette (Certification Series: Part 1 of 12)

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Welcome to Episode 84 of the Being Human Podcast: What Does Catholic Anthropology Even Mean? w/ Dr. Bryan Violette (Certification Series: Part 1 of 12)

Dr. Greg frequently refers to the importance of grounding our understanding of psychology in a Catholic anthropology. But what exactly does that term mean? And why is it a necessary foundation for the study of psychology?

In this episode - the first of a 12-part series geared towards introducing each course of our new certification - Dr. Greg welcomes Dr. Bryan Violette back to the show to unpack these questions and more!

Discussed in this episode:

  • Defining Catholic anthropology and how it can help us understand what it means to be human;
  • The way experiences in our family of origin impact our psychological development;
  • Pope St. John Paul II’s personalism as an integration of phenomenology (a contemporary philosophy which emphasizes subjective experience) into objective Thomistic thought;
  • Differences between Thomistic philosophy and Pope St. John Paul II’s personalism;
  • Catholic anthropology as an essential foundation to working and walking with people in an authentically Catholic way;
  • The role the unconscious plays in our thoughts and patterns of behavior;
  • The first step of the commandment to love according to Pope St. John Paul II;
  • The weight of responsibility carried by mental health professionals and the need for proper preparation, training, and personal development to provide ethical care.

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