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by Andrea Elizabeth
from Chapter 2 of Orthodox Interventions, foot-noted earlier:
“According to the Holy Fathers, the etiology of spiritual, behavioral, developmental, and psychological disorders and pathologies are organized into categories: (a) external stimuli, i.e., those that originate outside of the individual; and (b) internal stimuli, i.e., those that the individual engenders within him/herself (Bouton, 2004; Scupoli, 1987). The Holy Fathers attribute external stimuli to demonic powers….
The Holy Fathers teach that, except in cases of demonic possession, demons do not cause behavior/conduct but rather act/operate as stimuli or temptations (Bouton, 2004; DiLeo, 2007). It is through ‘thoughts’ or ‘logismoi’ that evil spirits wage war against the psyche (St. Maximus the Confessor, 1985; St. Nikodemos & St. Makarios, 1983).
And the bridge to western psychology:
“The principle of guarding the thoughts and self-talk or ‘soul chatter’ proposed by the Holy Fathers is similar to those proposed by cognitive psychology (Bouton, 2004). ‘Self-talk’, ‘self-demands’, ‘internal scripts’, ‘faulty thinking’, etc. refer to the same cognitive concept of paying attention to internal self-talk and thoughts (Bouton, 2004; DiLeo, 2007; McMullin, 2000).