Interview with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife
Often to determine if something is right or good or God’s will, we use pain, suffering, and sacrifice for a measuring stick. While I do not disagree that sometimes virtuous acts can be difficult and inconvenient, I think we are missing the mark when we use “pain and suffering” as a way to determine if something is right or wrong.
It’s like we have this mental checklist. Is it inconvenient? Check. Is it the opposite of what I want? Check. Is it going to require sacrifice? Check. Is it going to cause suffering? Check. Is it going to be hard? Check. Conclusion: This must be good, right, and God’s will. But this is a flawed and limited way to discern to discern what is good and right.
In this interview, I talk with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife about this indulgent suffering that as Christians we sometimes value, and discuss the moral development required to act instead with virtue and integrity.
Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife is a licensed psychotherapist and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College where she wrote her dissertation on LDS women and sexuality. She has taught college-level classes on human sexuality and currently has a private therapy practice in Chicago where she lives with her husband and three children. She is an active member of the LDS church.
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