In this podcast episode, Dr. Finlayson-Fife speaks with Sherrae Phelps of Ten Thousand Hours of Writing Podcast about the topic of submission. In this episode you will learn more about what submission means and how it can be driven either by fear or moral courage. To hear more from Sherrae Phelps, visit her at

“When submission is a virtue, it’s an active choice to yield to something because you think it will create the greater good. It’s not driven by fear; it’s driven by moral courage.”

– Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife

Sherrae Phelp’s Thoughts About This Episode:

The word submission can accurately be used to describe weak behavior, but submission can also describe virtuous behavior. 

I’ll be honest; I don’t like the word submission. I don’t like the meanings that are typically associated with the word submission. When I picture someone submitting, I think of an act that weakens and makes one vulnerable. But I do think there can be submissive behaviors that are virtuous, and that type of submission is a little harder to identify and define because the negative meanings are so prevalent.

In this interview with Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, she explains what submission looks like as a virtue and what it looks like as a weakness.

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