A New Psychology Based on Community, Equality, and Care of the Earth: An Indigenous American Perspective, 1st Edition

  • Arthur W. Blume
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  • ISBN-10: 144086926X
  • ISBN-13: 9781440869266
  • DDC: 970.004
  • 280 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released March 2021
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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Psychology is a relatively new discipline, with foundations formed narrowly and near-exclusively by white, European males. But in this increasingly diverse nation and world, those foundations filled with implicit bias are too narrow to best help our people and society, says the author, a fellow of the American Psychological Association. According to him, a narrowly based perspective prevents out-of-the-box thinking, research, and treatment that could well power greater healing and avoidance of disorders. In this text, he explains the Native American perspective on psychology, detailing why that needs to be incorporated as a new model for this field. A Native American psychologist, he contrasts the original culture of psychology's creators-as it includes individualism, autonomy, independence, and hierarchal relationships-with that of Native Americans in the context of communalism, interdependence, earth-centeredness, and egalitarianism. As he explains, psychological happiness is redefined by the reality of our interdependence rather than materialism and individualism, and how we do things becomes as important as what we accomplish.