In the past, I’ve been a fan of Psychology but since I got reverted to the Catholic faith, I’ve been adapting the Ignatian Spirituality and the Saint’s Spirituality especially that of St. Therese–patient suffering, finding God in all things, faith alone suffice, Christian devotions (mass, prayer, retreats).
Ive been having issues in my previous work. I developed anxiety attacks and fears. I lost my confidence in myself and have been having doubts in my spirituality and dreams. But I embraced all these things because I see my suffering as partaking the suffering of Christ. I also would like to practice patient-suffering.
However in my work right now, they are advocating this POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY. The think big, think bright skies, dream big always and be happy always approach.The hardest thing for me is really to dismiss suffering and to **divert my attention to positive visualizations **. Another thing is to dream big and high. I find it difficult since, I want to obey whatever God gives me and not to dream of my own (St. Faustina mentality). I also want to rely on prayer alone and not my own thoughts (St Teresa of Avila)…But another thing that I promised myself is that I will obey my boss as my superiors in that they are the voice of God for me. I tried the positive psychology approach, it is actually working and helping me overcome my fears and lack of confidence, but I also at times feel that this is at odds with that of the saints’ spirituality—i mean for me they are greater models than psychology.
I’m planning to adopt this mentality…however is it at odds with faith, is it another form of new age movement?