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.
If you look closely and compare the audio to the written transcript, you’ll notice that they are not a replica of each other. The transcripts have been edited by myself and by Dr. Finlayson-Fife as we have both taken the time to read through the transcripts refining our words to articulate our thoughts better. The audio recordings are unique whereas they are not like a formal a podcast. They are our recorded phone conversations that you have the opportunity to eavesdrop on, so to speak. They all begin abruptly in the middle of the conversation as though you have just stepped into the room.