Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Thoughts on Psychology

*work in progress*

  • Would need to include insights of marx   Bakunin Kropotkin Gramsci  althusser  positive psychology humanistic psychology Buddhism Taoism John Dewey maslow carl rogers Erich Fromm Paulo Freire  Joanna Macy Maurice Merleau-Ponty etc
  • No one approach seems relevant for everyone everywhere and at all times- psychology is very contextual
  • therapy is more pragmatic and should not be claiming to be the only correct way  for all time
  • Psychology must consider biology politics sociology history philosophy -basically Holism 
  • I like Critical Psychology
  •  I don't necessarily agree with all of ‘social-materialist psychology’ but it seems useful
  • I  do think that  while  material  conditions do not determine how you think feel and act  they do strongly influence how you think feel and act  and set limits on it
  • anarchist psychologists - Dennis Fox

"Functional psychology or functionalism refers to a general psychological philosophy that considers mental life and behavior in terms of active adaptation to the person's environment."

Further Reading


For Landauer, “People do not live in the state. The state lives in the people”

"Social and material influence is therefore downplayed, in favour of individualistic conceptualisations against which these real influences typically appear only as mere context"

"Thus, it becomes the role of different environments, according to their differences, to evoke or bring to the fore different capacities, already potentially present, in a species or in individuals"-Psychology and Dialectical Materialism Henri Wallon

John Muir, wrote "When we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe".


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