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By Isaac Prilleltensky

How can psychologists include fresh insights approximately energy, values, and inequality of their paintings? what's the position of social justice within the perform of psychology? during this hugely readable publication, the authors take on those questions and suggest conceivable solutions. this is often the 1st ebook to translate into motion the rules of serious psychology. utilizing a value-based framework the authors suggest guidance for severe perform in scientific, counseling, academic, wellbeing and fitness, neighborhood and paintings settings.

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In other words, the more people internalize oppression through various psychological mechanisms, the less will they see their suffering as resulting from unjust political conditions. At times, the internalized psychological oppression will almost completely obscure the political roots and dynamics of oppression. Walkerdine (1996, 1997) documented how these processes of internalized oppression affected the lives of working-class women, whereas Allwood (1996) detailed the personal blame discourse of depressed women.

When psychologists deflect human problems to the mental domain, the social domain remains unchallenged. If the role assumed by the psychologist is one of a partner in solidarity, one in which there is respectful listening and attention to internal and external sources of oppression, it is more likely that the outcomes will be empowering. This is not so when the psychologist defines, in expert fashion, the ills of others, in disregard for the dissenting voice of the client, which is interpreted away as resistance.

As a state, liberation is a condition in which oppressive forces no longer dominate a person or a group. Liberation may be from psychological and/or political influences. There is rarely political without psychological liberation, and vice versa. Repressive cultural codes become internalized and operate as self-regulatory mechanisms, inhibiting defiance of oppressive rules (Moane, 1999). 16 FOUNDATIONS Building on Fromm’s dual conception of ‘freedom from’ and ‘freedom to’ (1965), liberation is the process of overcoming internal and external sources of subjugation (freedom from), and pursuing well-being (freedom to).

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