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Encyclopedia > Wayne Oates

Wayne Edward Oates (24 June 1917 - 21 October 1999) was an American psychologist and religious educator who coined the word 'workaholic'. June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 71 days remaining. ...

Born to a poor family in Greenville, South Carolina in June 1917, Oates was abandoned by his father in infancy and was brought up by his grandmother and sister while his mother supported them by working in a cotton mill. At the age of fourteen he was one of a small number of impoverished clever boys selected to serve as a United States House of Representatives Page. He enjoyed the experience and it inspired him to become the first of his family to enter higher education. He studied at Mars Hill Junior College, Wake Forest University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. After graduating from Southern with a Ph.D. in Psychology of Religion, Oates joined the School of Theology in 1947 as professor of psychology of religion and pastoral care. He held the post until he joined the University of Louisville Medical School in 1974. Location in South Carolina Coordinates: County Greenville County Founded 1831 Mayor Knox White Area    - City 67. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Mars Hill College is a private, coed, liberal-arts college affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist Convention. ... Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, renowned for its programs in the liberal arts. ... The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Louisville, Kentucky and is the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, or SBC. Southern Seminary or SBTS is the oldest of the seminaries in the SBC and was founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 1859 by James Petigru Boyce who served... Disambiguation: This page refers to Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, an ecumenical seminary affiliated with Columbia University. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L, Louisville, or the Ville) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. It is mandated [1] by the Kentucky General Assembly to be a Preeminent Metropolitan Research University. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ...

Oates' cross-disciplinary approach combined psychological models with pastoral sensitivity, and biblical teaching. The result changed conventional attidudes to counselling to yield the modern pastoral care movement. Oates developed the 'trialogue' form of pastoral counseling: a conversation between counselor, counselee, and the Holy Spirit. The first of his fifty-seven books, was a short volume entitled Alcohol in and out of the Church (1940) and there was a long interval before the reworking of his doctoral thesis The Significance of the Work of Sigmund Freud for the Christian Faith under the autobiographical title The Christian Pastor (1951). The trialogue concept was introduced in The Presence of God in Pastoral Counseling (). With the publication of Confessions of a Workaholic in 1971 he brought his neolgism 'workaholic' into public use and it was soon included in the Oxford English Dictionary. The Oxford English Dictionary print set The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP), and is generally regarded as the most comprehensive and scholarly dictionary of the English language. ...

In 1984 the American Psychiatric Association granted Oates the Oskar Pfister Award for his contributions to the relationship between psychiatry and religion. The American Psychiatric Association is a professional organization of psychiatrists whose members are American and international physicians who are trained in psychiatry. ...

He married Pauline with whom he had two sons. They lived in Louisville, Kentucky until his death in October 1999. Louisville redirects here. ...


  • Alcohol in and out of the Church, (Nashville TN: Broadman, 1940)
  • The Christian Pastor, (Philadelphia PA: Westminster, 1951)
  • Grace Sufficient, (Nashville TN: Broadman, 1951) —pamphlet
  • The Revelation of God in Human Suffering, (Philadelphia PA: Westminster, 1952)
  • The Bible in pastoral care (Source books for ministers), (Grand Rapids MI: Baker, 1953) ISBN 0-8010-0561-2
  • Anxiety in Christian Experience, (Philadelphia PA: Westminster, 1955)
  • Religious Factors in Mental Illness, (New York NY: Association, 1955)
  • Inroduction to A. Graham Ikin, New Concepts of Healing Medical, Psychological, and Religious, (New York NY: Association, 1956)
  • Where to go for Help, (Philadelphia PA: Westminster, 1957)
  • The Religious Dimensions of Personality, (New York NY:Association, 1957)
  • What Psychology Says About Religion, (New York NY:Association, 1958)
  • An Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, (Nashville TN: Broadman, 1959)
  • Christ and Selfhood, (New York NY: Association, 1961)
  • The Minister's Own Mental Health, (Great Neck: Channel, 1961)
  • Protestant Pastoral Counseling, (Philadelphia PA: Westminster, 1962)

[The rest of this list is incomplete.]

  • The Psychology of Religion, (Word, June 1973) ISBN 0-87680-331-1
  • Workaholics, Make Laziness Work for You, (Doubleday, 1978) ISBN 0-385-12977-7
  • Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart, (Doubleday, 1979) ISBN 0-385-14787-2
  • Pastor's Handbook, (Philadelphia PA: Westminster John Knox, 1980) ISBN 0-664-24300-2
  • Your Particular Grief, (Philadelphia PA: Westminster John Knox, 1981) ISBN 0-664-24376-2
  • The Struggle to Be Free, (Philadelphia PA: Westminster John Knox, 1983) —autobiography
  • Managing Your Stress (Augsburg Fortress, 1985) ISBN 0-8006-1880-7


  • Heritage of Dr. Oates (Louisville, Kentucky: Oates Institute, 21 July 2004). Retrieved July 26 2006.
  • Wayne Edward Oates, The Struggle to Be Free, (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1983).



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