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<blockquote>Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. ([http://bible.gospelcom.net/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%203:18-19;&version=9; 1 Corinthians 3:18-19 KJV])</blockquote>
<blockquote>''One form of the ascetic Christian life is called foolishness for the sake of Christ. The fool-for-Christ set for himself the task of battling within himself the root of all sin, [[pride]]. In order to accomplish this he took on an unusual style of life, appearing as someone bereft of his mental faculties, thus bringing upon himself the ridicule of others. In addition he exposed the evil in the world through metaphorical and symbolic words and actions. He took this ascetic endeavor upon himself in order to humble himself and to also more effectively influence others, since most people respond to the usual ordinary sermon with indifference. The spiritual feat of foolishness for Christ was especially widespread in Russia.'' --(Excerpted from ''The Law of God'', Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY: 1993)</blockquote>
Saint Andrew of Constantinople is considered to be the first such saint, although Saint [[Basil the Blessed|Basil of Moscow]] is also widely known.
* Blessed Maximus of Totma (Vologda), Fool-for-Christ ([[January 16]])
* Venerable Maximus of Moscow the Fool-for-Christ ([[August 13]] - opening of his [[relics]])
* Venerable Michael the Fool-for-Christ of the Klops Monastery ([[January 11]]) ([[June 23]] - [[Translation (relics)|translation ]] of his relics)
* [[New-Martyr]] Michael (Misha), Fool-for-Christ ([[April 1]]) (1931)
* Blessed Michael and Thomas, Fools-for-Christ of Solvychegodsk (Vologda) ([[July 3]])
* Blessed Nicholas of Salos of Pskov the Fool-for-Christ ([[February 28]])
* Blessed [[Nicholas Konchanov of Novgorod|Nicholas Kochanov]], Fool-for-Christ at Novgorod ([[July 27]])
* Blessed Paisius, Fool-for-Christ of the [[Monastery of the Kiev Caves|Kiev Caves]] ([[April 17]] - repose of) (1893)
* Blessed Parasceva "Pasha of Sarov," Fool-for Christ of Diveyevo Convent ([[September 22]]) (1915)
==Orthodox Psychotherapy: Further Reading==
*[[Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos]], ''[http://www.pelagia.org/htm/b02.en.orthodox_psychotherapy.00.htm#more Orthodox Psychotherapy].'' 1994. ISBN 9607070208
 
*[[Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia]]. “The Fool in Christ as Prophet and Apostle,” ''Sobornost'' (incorporating ''Eastern Churches Review'') , new series 6.2 (1984), 6-28.
*Fr. [[Dumitru Staniloae]], ''Prayer and Holiness''. Fairacres Publications, September 1982. ISBN 0 7283 0093 1
:: ''Dr. Blais is an Orthodox Christian Russian-styled monk-in-the-world (monach-ou-miru), ([[Orthodox Church in America|OCA]]), and a Penobscot-Metis. His study on Holy Madness is [http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/ftp02/NQ35453.pdf available online] at the National Library of Canada.''
*Dr.[[Jean-Claude Larchet]], ''Mental Disorders and Spiritual Healing: Teachings from the Early Christian East''. 1st Ed. Transl. by G. John Champoux and Rama P. Coomaraswamy. Published by Sophia Perennis, July 2005. (ISBN 1597310611) (ISBN 9781597310611)
:: [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OrthodoxNews/message/8451 Reviewed] in the Russian Newspaper: ''Ex Libris NG (Nezavisimaya Gazeta)'', Thursday January 17, 2008.
:: ''French theologian and Doctor of Philosophy Jean-Claude Larche's study of modern psychiatry with respect to studying the Orthodox view of 'madness', drawing on patristic and hagiographical literature of the I-XIV centuries, recounting the experience of healing mental illness by holy fathers, who, unlike psychiatrists, examined the person, took into account the totality of the human being (spirit, soul, and body). Pays special attention to "Fools for Christ's sake" - Yurodstvo.''
 
* Dr. [http://www.drchirban.com/about/index.html John T. Chirban] (Ph.D, Th.D). ''[http://store.holycrossbookstore.com/hoheinby.html Holistic Healing in Byzantium].'' [[Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Cross Orthodox Press]], 2009. ISBN 9781885652898
* Bishop Chrysostomos and Thomas Brecht. ''[http://www.springerlink.com/content/qr1m71752g53u64t/ Jung and the mystical theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church: Comments on common ground].'' In: '''Pastoral Psychology''', Volume 38, Number 4 / June, 1990. pp.197-203. ISSN 0031-2789 (Print) 1573-6679 (Online)
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