Introduction to the Science of Mental Health
This book is composed of three volumes.
Vol. I: Philosophical Psychology This text, the first of three volumes in the "Introduction to the Science of Mental Health" series, treats the science of mental health and illness and is based on the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. The text is divided into three parts: What constitutes a valid science of psychology; The principles one must know in order to discuss mental health and illness; What is mental health and illness according to St. Thomas and what are the causes of mental health and illness from a Thomistic perspective.
The Forward and imprimatur for the text are by His Excellency, Fabian Bruskewitz, bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. Vol. II: Sacred and Other Spiritual Causes This second of the three volumes addresses the various aspects of Catholic Theology as they affect mental health. Some of the areas covered are: Relationship of psychology to theology; Sin as it affects mental health; Infused Virtues, Sacraments, Gifts of the Holy Ghost and Prayer; Demonic Influences. Vol. III: Quodlibetal Issues and Practica
The third text in the series, this volume addresses the various aspects of psychology which are not covered in the prior two volumes as well as the practical application of Thomistic psychology. Some topics included are: Music; The Subconscious Dreams; Hypnotism; Self Knowledge; Personality and Temperaments; Addictions; Developmental and Educational Psychology; Diagnosis and Counseling; The Role of the Empirical in Psychology.
This is a hugely important book for people who are looking to achieve peace of Mind. Fr. Ripperger's approach is quite different from that of normal psychologists in that he incorporates theology and philosophy into it. His argument here is that since man is composed of not simply body, but body and soul, there are different aspects that need to be accounted for and addressed. He of course draws his theology from St. Thomas Aquinas.
This book has helped me greatly in many ways. One of the biggest ways is that it helped me realize how HUGE of a role my imagination, my passions, and my appetites govern what I do. My imagination basically is out of control. The images that I have in my head are of my own doing. This book showed ,e that I have control of these things and can manipulate them according to my will. And once I do this, I can order my mind more toward God and attain peace.
I've read most of Fr. Ripperger's books, and this written in the same dry scholastic style which is incredibly challenging, but if you power through it, it's incredibly rewarding. I highly recommend this book for everyone. It gives you the tools so that when your mental health is suffering, you can step outside of yourself, assess what is happening, and regain your balance.