Stoic News

By Dave Kelly

Friday, May 27, 2005

Human Defensiveness: the Third Way

"Let us be ruthless to root out theoretical structures that view people as psychological or socio-psychological abstractions: the phenomena observed are not “ego defense mechanisms” but are pride’s offensive, defensive, and deceptive strategies. And let us also forswear the therapeutic assumptions that are consequent to the theory: they are poor and deceptive substitutes for the gospel of Jesus Christ."


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