“Unknowing” in the 21st century: Humble detachment for Christians with repetitive negative thinking.

Drawing from several bodies of literature (i.e., transdiagnostic, Christian theology, contemplative prayer, mindfulness), the authors developed a Christian-sensitive model for understanding repetitive negative thinking. With structural equation modeling (SEM), we empirically investigated a proposed model of the relationship between Christian college students’ views of God’s providence, the ability to surrender to God, humble detachment, and repetitive negative thinking. Utilizing The Cloud of Unknowing as a starting point to operationalize a Christian-distinctive model for making sense of Christians’ struggle with rumination and worry, our conceptualization provides an alternative to mindfulness meditation as a mechanism through which detachment and inner peace can be cultivated in the midst of perseverative thinking. Among a sample of Christian college students (N = 191), the model was empirically supported, showing that the link between surrender and repetitive negative thinking was explained by efforts to “humbly detach.” Future directions for research, along with a manualized treatment approach that has been developed, are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved)