COUN 506 wk 2 DB

PSYCHOLOGY Question Psychology is the science that involves the study of human behaviour and the mental functions.It tries to explain why human beings behave the way they do and the reason lead to that behaviour (Myers, 2004). I disagree with the rationale that “psychology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about sinful human beings.”
A psychologist will try to understand and explain the behaviour of a person by analysing his mental functions, biological makeup and physiological processes. From this perspective, psychology is just a science that tries to understand behaviour and its causes. Therefore, it cannot be a sin as all psychologists do is study behaviour. Moreover, psychological knowledge is used in the treatment of mental patients and if it is taken to be a sin, then all other fields of medicine will be sinful acts.
Understanding of human behaviour and being able to know how a person will react in certain situation can be very important in many aspects of life. For example, it can be very useful when carrying out forensic investigations.
Question 2
Counselling is the process of giving advice and guidance on certain issues. For a person to be able to give advice or guidance, he has to understand the reason and cause of the problem. This makes counselling very similar to psychology it uses the very same principle in understanding human behaviour.
Therefore, psychology and Christian counselling can be very easily integrated as they both have a similar concept. In addition, a psychological perspective can be very useful in counselling, as the counsellor will have an insight of how a person’s biological makeup and mental functions will influence his behaviour.
References
Myers, D. (2004). Psychology (7th ed.). New York: Worth.