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Psychology: Unexplored Possibilities at a Critical Time

Have you ever wondered how we as a collective humanity are going to manage to develop and carry out effective solutions to our rapidly deepening global environmental, social, and financial crisis? Since the human mind is the variable that defines how technological and other advances are going to be used to address our global issues, and psychology is the social science that studies the human mind, how can this body of knowledge purposefully and tangibly contribute to a critical movement forward toward effective and immediate global solutions?

This has been a central issue for me since my early work on critical moral consciousness, individual and community healing, and cultivating an integrated life. I have been thinking a lot both about the power of individual choice and also about the shaping power of the collective socio-historical contexts that we consciously or unconsciously create. I have always wanted to articulate the clear systemic links between individual health and collective social health, and their hidden spiritual dimensions. I have felt that to be particularly important in our current global context of clashing religious and secular views on how to address global issues. That inspired me to take on the role of senior editor and main contributor to the volume that just came out – Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era. You can find it on Springer website by clicking on the image below.

Socially Responsible PsychologyA team of us devoted the past two years to articulating a detailed and practical analysis of the gap between the current limited social function of psychological knowledge and its actual capability to be a leading force for significant socially responsible global change. Here is how the volume is described on the Springer website:

Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era describes the changes necessary to address the systemic problems affecting an increasingly distressed world. This path-breaking resource challenges readers to rethink the basic and implicit assumptions of psychology, reframing the field in terms of its responsibility as a healing science and force for social justice, and elucidates the context that makes this paradigm shift so necessary. Contributors analyze not only central issues shaping the field, but a practical framework for a redefined discipline, with concepts such as socially responsible inquiry and clinical practice, and strategies for working with like-minded communities and institutions toward key objectives, among them:

  • Achieving a sustainable future.
  • Developing clinical practice suited to a global community.
  • Attaining global consciousness in the context of societal health.
  • Overcoming racism, sexism, and poverty.
  • Healing the causes of human suffering and environmental harm.
  • Conceptualizing and actualizing justice restoratively.
  • Achieving a psychology of nonviolence.

A volume with a clear moral vision, Toward a Socially Responsible Psychology for a Global Era is an affirmation of purpose and a call to action for psychologists to bring greater relevance to their profession towards building a shared just, humane and sustainable future.

For those of you who care about these issues, I would love to hear your feedback.

Thank you!


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  1. Barbra M Levine says:

    A warm hello! I’m posting your blog article introducing this important book on FB. I ordered the Pransky book and have begun a review of Vygotsky. I have been operating on his learning theories for 25 years. It’s great to read again with understanding. I also obtained the slides from your Web Talk and eager to listen to the talk again and take in all. Step by step!

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