Currently many theories within the field of psychology ascribe to a hidden assumption that individualism is a value one should pursue in order to obtain an ideal life. The assumption of individualism is that happiness comes from living a life focused on the self, seeking self-fulfillment. This article looks at the impact this assumption has had on the practice of psychotherapy and asserts that happiness is found through living one's life in accordance with the moral standard of love, or charity. A definition of love is given, and the article discusses and illustrates with clinical examples how love has the power to act as a healing agent. Finally the dangers of misinterpreting love are examined.
Adams, Michael D.; Draper, Matthew R.; and Hairston, Camishe R.
"Bringing Love and Joy Into Counseling,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 30
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol30/iss1/4