by: Bonaventura Mutayoba Balige, S.J., Psy.D.
Why do we get mentally ill? Dr. Balige believes human beings can use their mind to create a “hell” or a “heaven” for themselves. He reveals in this book that low self-esteem, little social interest, and minimal optimism are common elements in most mental disorders. He proposes that without high social interest, sound self-esteem, and optimism, it may be harder to find meaning in life. It is in this sense that he considers self-esteem, social interest, and optimism as components of spirituality. This book defines spirituality as involving one’s search for meaning and belonging.
Dr. B. Balige, is a Jesuit from Tanzania, East Africa. He has a BA in Philosophy and Theology, an MS in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola in Maryland, and has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Balige has done most of his clinical work in different counseling centers in Maryland and Illinois, U.S.A. He has also been working as a chaplain in the Resurrection Health Care system in Chicago. Currently, he is preparing to go back to Tanzania where he expects to establish himself as a clinical psychologist and teacher of psychology
Paperback: 222 pages