We are all unique individuals created in the image of God, and yet we struggle daily to live our lives as part of a community, be it a family, a workgroup, or even a church group.
This paradox, like the four others illustrated in Paradox: the Psychology of Spirituality, along with all of the relationships we have and the ways in which they run often cause significant psychological and emotional difficulties that prevent us from living productively in community situations. These issues also hinder the development of our spirituality, our ability to recognize our place as sacred beings and our fulfillment in the depth of our relationship with God.
DANIEL CHRISTIANO received his BA in Psychology (1973) and his MS in Counseling (1975) from Canisius College, Buffalo, New York. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (1981) at Arizona State University. He maintains a private practice in Gilbert, Arizona.
ROBERT CURTIS is a freelance journalist, novelist, poet, photographer, a Diocese of Phoenix certified Liturgical Coordinator, and a life-professed lay member of the Western Province of the Dominican Order.