Psychology and Global Solutions

Does the development of a socially responsible psychology require a disciplinary shift in methodology and focus in order to solve problems of crime and violence, poverty and unsustainability, disillusionment, cynicism, and lack of life purpose for young people? Read here to follow the debate.

Social health is linked inextricably to a careful analysis of the broader socio-historical, political, and economic systems that provide the context of life in the twenty-first century. Many seemingly individual symptoms—loneliness, isolation, alienation, anxiety, anomie, low self-esteem, depression, relationship distress, addictions, violence, attention deficit disorders, eating disorders, and others—are influenced by the beliefs, behaviors, and lifestyles generated by the assumptions and values of global capitalism; in particular, individualism, crude materialism, consumerism, greed, commodification, wealth distribution inequities, and labor exploitation. How do psychologists take the discussion about individual and collective health to its next logical level—the level of society?