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“Tell the truth as                                these authors explores the intersection of brain

             beautifully as you can.”                          function,  mind,  relationships,  and  spiritual
                                                               practices in a way that strives toward wholeness.
             Interview with Jason Kanz (USA), the              Outside  of  neuropsychology,  I  have  intentio-
             artist of this issue.                             nally  pursued  beauty  and  creativity.  I  have
                                                               done this through expressive writing, including
                                                               poetry,  but  also  through  painting,  principally
             First question: you are neuropsychologist, fa-    with watercolors. I believe that if there is a si-
             ther, husband, painter, poet, ...                 gnificant disconnect between our jobs, our fa-
             What would you say to someone who is sitting      mily lives, and our hobbies, we will continue to
             next  to you  on the  plane, for  example,  and   live in a fragmented state. My hope is that each
             asks what you are doing - in a few sentences?     of these aspects of my identity–part of my voca-
                                                               tion–not only move me toward wholeness, but
             When people ask what we do, our typical re-       encourage others on their journeys as well.
             sponse—as Americans anyway—is to talk about
             our jobs, but that’s an incomplete answer, isn’t
             it? Our vocations consist of more than our em-
             ployment. When most of us hear the term voca-
             tion, we think principally in terms of paid work.
             However, the early reformers had a broader de-
             finition of vocation. Vocation dealt with the va-
             rious roles to which God has called us. So I am
             not only a neuropsychologist, I am also a hus-
             band, father, artist, and poet.
             The idea of wholeness informs my understan-
             ding  of  vocation.  I  believe  God  has  called  us
             into wholeness, and it is my deepest desire to see
             this play out not only in my work as a neuropsy-
             chologist, but also within my relationships, my
             sense of self, and my art. As the light of Christ
             shines upon our wholeness, it creates a prism of
             truth, goodness, and beauty. A whole life will be
             one in which there is an honest search for what
             is true and a commitment to live accordingly,
             the practice of virtue, and learning to see the
             beauty around us.
             A question that I have been asking myself re-
             cently, as a neuropsychologist, is “what does it
             look like to help my patients moved toward a
             deeper state of wholeness?” The historic prac-    Second question: Are you trying to penetra-
             tice of clinical neuropsychology has been about   te all these aspects of your identity with the
             measuring  pathology.  Essentially,  we  quantify   Christian faith? How do you manage that?
             disintegration. However, fields such as interper-  What are your experiences with it?
             sonal  neurobiology  (IPNB)  have  helped  us  to
             see that we are not limited to detailing cerebral   Yes, I do try to penetrate each of these aspects
             pathology, but to help people live toward a more   with my Christian faith. My Christian spiritua-
             integrated state. I have been deeply influenced   lity is not merely one aspect of who I am, but is
             by the works of Chuck DeGroat (Wholehear-         the ground of my being. My desire is that in uni-
             tedness, Eerdmans, 2016) and Curt Thompson        on with Christ, and as an ambassador of God’s
             (Anatomy of the Soul, Tyndale, 2010). Each of

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