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This thesis investigates the similarities and differences between Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a psychological therapy model, and Logic-Based Therapy (LBT), a philosophical therapy model, on moral injury. ACT emphasizes the importance of language in context in addition to a framework that addresses individuals as a whole. This approach contrasts with a variety of other psychological models designed to treat specific symptoms or diagnoses. LBT helps clients recognize and overcome irrationalities in thinking and subconscious rule-following behaviors to reach a point of equilibrium and tranquility. Moral injury is the observation of or participation in the violation of one's own moral beliefs; symptoms can include shame, guilt, and spiritual crisis. This paper provides an in-depth literature review and then uses a thought experiment to examine how those experiencing moral injury would receive support in both the psychological and philosophical disciplines.


Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charles Repp

Committee Members: Dr. Eric Moore (Longwood University), Dr. Timothy Ritzert (Longwood University), and Dr. Ivan Guajardo (Virginia Western Community College).

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