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If you were to look up the definition of Clinical Psychology you would find the definition to be, “the field of clinical psychology integrates science, theory, and practice to understand, predict, and alleviate maladjustment, disability, and discomfort as well as to promote human adaptation, adjustment, and personal development. Clinical psychology focuses on the intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of human functioning across the life span, in varying cultures, and at all socioeconomic level” (Todd & Bohart, 1999, pg. 5). In my philosophy I do believe this to be true among other things. I believe the Bible to be my main source of truth.

View of Human Nature
With any philosophy we have to start at the beginning of the nature of people and their disorders. Why are people the way they are? Is it nature or nurture? I believe we do not start out as a “blank slate.” We are all born with specific genes and attributes that are unique to us. We are all individuals unique in our own ways. However our experiences mature and shape us for good or for bad. Think about life as a poker game and in your hand are the cards you have been dealt. You were given the cards and how you play the game or your “experiences” determine the outcome. Morality and values are not subjective sets of ideas that vary from person to person, or even culture to culture. Rather, they are determined by Someone who is above the created realm and gives them to all whom are created. This “Someone” gives you the cards. Without being given these basic values and morals utter chaos would reign in the world.

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