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Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, Second Edition

, 1999
ISBN: 9781441254238

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The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, Second Edition incorporates the findings from the most capable authors on key topics, issues, and movements in the field of psychology. With over 1,400 entries (articles and cross-references), this massive volume contains resources the Christian psychologist or counselor needs to identify disorders, trends, techniques, and other essential concepts. And each article has been reviewed for the second edition to reflect the current literature in the field.

The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling has established itself as one of the premier resources for pastors, counselors, and Christian psychologists. This second edition has an added benefit for pastors and counselors: to address the unique challenges they face, a new category of articles exploring the many aspects of pastoral care and counseling has been added. These include articles on grace and pastoral care, the role of the Holy Spirit in counseling, legal issues in counseling, and pastoral care of the sick.

The trustworthiness of psychology has long been debated in Christian communities. With the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, you’ll have a dependable source of information for every facet of the theory and practice of contemporary psychology. The work derives its strength from its numerous contributors writing on their areas of expertise from a Christian perspective.

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“Denial. An unconscious mental mechanism in which refusal to perceive or admit the existence of something serves as an ego defense against some unpleasant, unacceptable aspect of reality. Thus when some internal or external perception is judged by the unconscious ego as potentially threatening, the perception or memory of that reality is filtered out of conscious awareness. This process generally operates within a weak ego, functioning most successfully in the denial of painful or threatening internal realities. Denial, also known as negation in the psychological literature, is seen in the example of a woman faced with the news of her impending death from cancer, who believes that there must be some mistake, that such an event could not be happening to her.” (Page 332)

“Anxiety is psychologically experienced as a combination of looming dread or impending danger and a vague uneasiness.” (Page 88)

“Covey enumerates seven leadership habits: being proactive, beginning with the end in mind, putting first things first, thinking win/win, seeking to understand others, using synergy, and staying personally renewed.” (Pages 675–676)

“A leader can be defined as one who influences followers.” (Page 675)

“Secular leaders fill a role; Christian leaders form a relationship. Secular leaders gain increasing rights; Christian leaders gain greater responsibility. Secular leaders wield authority to overcome competition; Christian leaders empower others to live out greater obedience to God. Secular leaders achieve position, are self-confident, and focus on temporal gains; Christian leaders seek the right disposition, are God-confident, and seek eternal gains. Finally, secular leaders focus on how they lead best; Christian leaders must concern themselves with how they live, to have a witness worth imitating. Christian leadership must be about equipping others to advance the kingdom of Christ.” (Page 676)

An all-star cast of Christian psychologists offer state-of-the-art synopses of their field's major concepts, theories, and therapies. A valuable resource for any Christian student, scholar, or practitioner of psychology.

— David Myers, professor of psychology, Hope College

In these postmodern days, mental health professionals have suddenly gained interest in the spiritual, but many seem to be ethereal meanderers desperately in need of theological roots. This volume provides counselors, pastors, educators, and students with relevant information solidly rooted in Christian theology and well-established psychological principles. Covering a wide range of topics--from advice giving to ethnic identity--each entry is authored by a respected professional with a Christian worldview. The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling should be the standard desk reference book for Christians working in mental health and pastoral care.

— Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D.; Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology, Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College

A classic has just become better! The substantial content of this new edition will make it an even more useful treasure-house of information for the Christian mental health professional.

— James R. Beck, Denver Seminary

The second edition of The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling , written from a Christian perspective, is a great resource and reference work. Editors David Benner and Peter Hill are to be commended for a job well done!

— Siang-Yang Tan, professor of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary

The second edition of The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling is a comprehensive compendium of knowledge about psychology written by noted experts. Coverage is up-to-the-minute. This will be an invaluable reference book for years. I heartily recommend it to practicing mental health professionals, academicians, trainees, and libraries.

— Everett L. Worthington Jr., professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

I have always held this work in the highest regard and consider it to be one of the decade's most invaluable resources. It is exceptionally comprehensive, and the second edition even surpasses the first. What I particularly value about the encyclopedia is that it is a phenomenal resource for integrating psychology and theology. The contributors are all outstandingly integrative and not only present the facts about psychology but critique these facts forthrightly and helpfully. Any Christian concerned for the truth about the human condition, not just those in the helping professions, will find this outstanding publication a great resource. I certainly have. Aside from its value to Christians I believe the encyclopedia is also a great resource for all psychologists and counselors. In fact I have recommended it to some of my non-Christian contacts on several occasions.

— Archibald D. Hart, Ph.D., FPPR., professor of psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary

This is a monumental work! It is finely organized (alphabetically), well summarized, and complete--a collection of definitions and concise explanations of both psychiatric and psychological theories and persons. It is accurate, well documented, and highly readable, and its biblical perspective gives it special usefulness for Christian therapists. The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling is a necessity for ministers, counselors, and students of the mental health sciences.

— Grace H. Ketterman, M.D.

Since 1985 The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling has been the single-volume reference for a comprehensive treatment from a Christian perspective. With this second edition the best is now better. David Benner and Peter Hill are pillars of academic integrity (and endurance) in the integration field.

— Gary W. Moon, president, Psychological Studies Institute

The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling is a must-have reference tool for Christian counseling professors, clinicians, pastors, and students.

— Timothy Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors

The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling is a must for any person involved in pastoral or Christian counseling. Not only does this second edition contain what one would expect in an encyclopedia, but it also includes articles to bless and equip the counselor. . . . I heartily recommend this valuable tool. It is a must for any serious counselor’s library and will be of use for many years to come.

— Tom Gill, Ministries Today

The Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling factually presents the major current findings in the field, treated comprehensively from a Christian point of view.

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  • Title: Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling
  • Authors: David G. Benner, Peter C. Hill
  • Edition: 2nd ed.
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Print Publication Date: 1999
  • Logos Release Date: 2006
  • Pages: 1278
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Psychology › Dictionaries; Psychotherapy › Dictionaries; Psychology, pathological › Dictionaries
  • ISBNs: 9781441254238, 9780801021008, 1441254234, 0801021006
  • Resource Type: Encyclopedia
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T22:15:14Z

David G. Benner (Ph.D., York University; C.Psych., College of Psychologists of Ontario) is professor of psychology at Redeemer College. Dr. Benner serves as chief psychologist for a children's mental health center and is the founding director of the Institute for Psychospiritual Health. He has written numerous books, including Strategic Pastoral Counseling and Care of Souls.

Peter C. Hill (Ph.D., University of Houston) teaches psychology at Grove City College. He has published a number of scholarly articles.


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  1. Isaac Lugo

    Isaac Lugo


  2. Joshua Ganz

    Joshua Ganz


    Best psychotherapist and christian writer for soulcare. This tremendously big book is a must have for every counselor!
  3. Ralph A. Abernethy III
  4. John R. Birkeland
  5. Aaron



    It is dated because it is written before the DSM-5 came out. Yet, it can be helpful for pastors and counselors alike.
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  7. John R. Davis

    John R. Davis


  8. James Hwang

    James Hwang


    Good and basic
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    Gordon Jones


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