According to S. K. Mangal, Psychology is derived from the two Greek words; Psyche means Soul and Logos means rational course or a study. Etymologically the word psychology means Study of the Soul. That’s why; the subject Psychology is becoming more and more popular day by day. The number of colleges and students opting for the study of this subject, at the graduates and post-graduates levels is yearly increasing. In our Father of mission: William Carey’s established the Serampore Mission, now it came to be as our Senate of Serampore University of our country and also throughout the world. The reason for the rapid growth, Historical background of a subject not only presents a fascinating story of its gradual development but also throws on light on different ideologies pointing out different meanings, concepts, approaches and objectives of the subject from time to time as advocated by the eminent scholars individually or collectively. The same is true with the subject psychology also. Our Serampore University concern for the psychology is to provide for students, an introductory knowledge of Psychology with a view to equip them for Christian ministry and also foundational theoretical perspective on Psychology.
Now-a-days people are struggling in their poverty. As the humankind house hold we are having burden to bring changes in life of Marginalised, Down-trodden, humiliated, neglected, suppressed, oppressed, broken-heart, grief, Tribal and slums, widows, orphans, prisoners and poor people. Psychologically we should be the well wishers of the society by showing our love and concern toward our neighbours; “Love your neighbour as thyself.”
The principle of activity as therapy is well known in modern psychological practise. The old custom of isolating mental patients is now out of favour. The current thinking is directed at the patients back into homes, into familiar neighbourhoods, and even into productive employment. Meaningful work has played a large part in this new trend towards “Healing by doing.” The energy released, the change of focus form self to others. The shifting of attention to an external, interesting object, all these tend to release tensions and eliminate confusions in the suffering person’s mind. Externally direct effort encourages healing.
Psychologists have discovered only in the past generation that self-expression is not enough in and of itself. The encouragement to express yourself prominent in World War II as therapy for tension, backfired because too often self-expression became “self explosion” mostly humankind became an eruption of selfish desires or frustrations that resulted in drunkenness, sex orgies, or emotional jags induced by drugs.
Self – expression, to be therapeutic, must be a genuine effort to help others. This kind of self – expression is rooted in the desire to serve others. That’s what psychologist Gordon Allport means when he says that “self – expression requires the capacity to lose oneself in the pursuit of objectives not primarily referred to the self.” True self – expression, in other words, is “other – centred.”
This kind of self – expression is thoroughly biblical. It is also rooted in the word ‘caring’, which the English equivalent to the Greek word Agape, which means also “Selfless love.” Psychologically serves the society with humanity. In humanity if there is no discrimination in sex, colour, place and selfishness. A man is there in bible who should his humanity. He is Good Samaritan. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. (Luke 10:33-34). Here we can say in our words, the Good Samaritan felt twinges of Joy at being able to help an unfortunate fellow human being. But there is more than just feeling Joy in serving others, there is a positive therapeutic benefit.
Identifying the need of the society with different problems, we should feel that – if am in that situation somebody may help us we feel happy. Likewise, we need to show our concern through the deeds. Sometimes we need to walk into the slum streets, we will not be quite. At least some, we need to identify and to help the society. In same manner Jesus was not idle in doing service in psychological. He was mobile in doing and rending psychological services for the need. Jesus went near 38 years invalid man, who was near Gate pool of Bethsaida. Jesus identified mans need, went near him and healed. Do the same deed which you can do for the society.
In the society, Human kind is a direct correlation between the health of our hearts and the well – being of our relationships to others. Where relationships became deteriorate, as in the case of death, divorce, or alienation, our hearts can become affected. Dying of a broken heart is no longer considered a quaint expression. In his book The Broken Heart, James. J. Lynch of the University of Maryland has convincingly shown that the human heart is directly affected by the emotional, relational states of the individual. He says, “Human companionship does affect our heart, and there is reflected in our hearts a biological basis for our need for loving, human relationship.”
In the world people say, “When the time comes to die, it is for friend or loved one to hold my hand.” The companionship of others is recognised as one of the best preparations that earth can provide, far better than medicine or life supports. Best of all, of course, is the presence of the Serving Shepherd, the Lord Jesus, who enables us to say, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.” (Psalms 23:4)
And yet we Christians believe that healing resource is available in the gospel and in the church. We believe that faith in God is the greatest ingredient in emotional health, and the second ingredient is the resources of the community of believers. Psychologically serves the society with Divinity. Human nature posse’s selfishness and self righteousness. But, whereas the divinity always want to render help for others. When Saul was in human nature he tortured the believers harshly and cruelly, but when he transformed into divine nature all his attitudes changed. He gave up his life for sake, of Christ, Divine nature make us to acquire compassion and concern.
Paul said to Timothy, “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline” [literally, “Sanity”] (II Timothy 1:7). In accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour, we enter a relationship that taps His power, love and saneness. Sometimes it is struggle indeed to appropriate all God has did for us, but the resources are there.
God’s power can be applied to us directly or indirectly through the body-life principles that operate within the church. Bearing each others’ burdens, loving one another, encouraging one another, praying for each other, helping the weak and the afflicted – all of these are practises that enrich us both spiritually and emotionally. “The Church,” says Gloria Gaither “should be the loving fellowship where we can come with our frayed edges, our bruised elbows, our failures and our needs – and be knitted back together, bandaged up, prayed for and loved back to wholeness. There we can go, healed and whole and attractive. For these we can say Christ posse’s such nature and live by serving the society through psychologically. Be good and do good through psychological serving through the society with good and compassion of loveable hearts on Marginalised, humiliated, neglected, suppressed, Down-trodden, oppressed, broken-heart, grief, Tribal and slums, widows, orphans, prisoners and poor people.
May the God of selfless and divine, give us greater gift through the effective psychological serving for the community and also to transform the society with His Privinient Grace!!