Psychology

More Resources for a Deeply Formed Spiritual Life

Pamela Ebstyne King

The Science of Thriving: Optimal Development

In the last of seven videos on “The Science of Thriving,” Pamela Ebstyne King reflects on how the psychological sciences help us reach the ends that theology and faith identify.

Warren Brown

Complex Dynamical Systems: The Neuroscience of Human Personhood

In the first of six videos on “Complex Dynamical Systems,” Warren S. Brown introduces how neuroscience helps us have an embodied understanding of the nature of persons.

Warren Brown

Complex Dynamical Systems: Persons As Complex, Relational Systems

In the second of six videos on “Complex Dynamical Systems,” Warren S. Brown describes people as complex systems that are organized in deep relationality.

Warren Brown

Complex Dynamical Systems: Embodiment and Social Histories

In the third of six videos on “Complex Dynamical Systems,” Warren S. Brown shares about how persons’ lives are built through continuous reorganizing and adapting in the face of new situations.

Warren Brown

Complex Dynamical Systems: Catastrophe As Regeneration

In the fourth of six videos on “Complex Dynamical Systems,” Warren S. Brown explains how certain catastrophes cause major reorganizations of ourselves and our experiences—and how the Christian life is one such reorganization.

Warren Brown

Complex Dynamical Systems: On Avoiding Abstractions

In the fifth of six videos on “Complex Dynamical Systems,” Warren S. Brown cautions that overly abstract theological and philosophical discussions can become too disconnected from humans’ real and embodied nature and experience.

Warren Brown

Complex Dynamical Systems: Embodied Cognition and the Life of the Church

In the last of six videos on “Complex Dynamical Systems,” Warren S. Brown reflects on the church as a network of interactive persons informing and forming one another in a way that reflects the gospel.

Robert Emmons

Robert Emmons on the Story of Gratitude

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Robert Emmons introduces the history of gratitude research and shares about the multifaceted positive outcomes gratitude has on individuals and communities.

Amos Yong

Response | An Eschatological Expansion of Gratitude

Amos Yong uses a biblical and theological lens to consider how worship practices can help us experience and nurture gratitude.

Rebecca Baer

Response | Forms of Gratitude and Joy

Rebecca Baer, drawing parallels from her research on joy, reflects on both distorted and positive forms of gratitude.

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Q&A | Robert Emmons, Amos Yong, and Rebecca Baer

Robert Emmons, Amos Yong, and Rebecca Baer discuss the relationships gratitude has with lament, trauma, and escapism, in a Q&A moderated by Brad D. Strawn.

Robert Emmons

Robert Emmons on Gratitude to God and Shaping Identity

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Robert Emmons discusses gratitude in spiritual contexts and how gratitude directed toward God can be formative to who we are.

Pam King

Response | Pamela Ebstyne King on Gratitude and Thriving

Pamela Ebstyne King explains how gratitude can both guide us and propel us toward thriving and the good life.

Hannah Che

Response | Hannah Che on Gratitude and Suffering

Hannah Che considers the dynamics between Christian gratitude and suffering, lament, and pain, through a particular Korean cultural lens.

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Q&A | Robert Emmons, Pamela Ebstyne King, and Hannah Che

Robert Emmons, Pamela Ebstyne King, and Hannah Che discuss gratitude as it relates to love, humility, and justice, in a Q&A moderated by Brad D. Strawn.

Robert Emmons

Robert Emmons on Gratitude in the Face of Climate Change

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Robert Emmons reflects on our capacity for gratitude to the natural world and how gratitude may help combat climate change.

Bethany Ferguson

Response | Bethany Ferguson on Gratitude and Interconnectedness

Bethany Ferguson talks about our increasing disconnection to the environment and the need for a humble recognition of our interconnectedness.

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Q&A | Robert Emmons and Wilmer G. Villacorta

Robert Emmons and Wilmer G. Villacorta discuss our loss of connection to the natural world and our need to both give thanks to the earth and give thanks to God for it, in a Q&A moderated by Brad D. Strawn.

Robert Emmons

The Science and Spirit of Gratefulness

Robert Emmons, alongside Fuller scholars and practitioners, delves into the science of gratitude and the ways it shapes our relationship with one another, with God, and with the wider natural world.

Cristin Fort steps

Bridges Between

As she leans into her own identities as a psychologist, a Christian, and a Black woman, Christin Fort serves communities at the overlapping intersections of faith, research, and identity

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The Paradox of Both/And

Brad Strawn, Fuller’s chief of spiritual formation and integration, explains how developing our capacity for ambivalence and ambiguity can help us resist unnecessary and harmful polarization.