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The fall, 2004 issue of the APA's Division 44 newsletter, includes an essay by Judith M. Glassgold, Psy.D. urging her colleagues to think of psychology as a liberationist tactic to fight against social oppression of conservatives and for social justice.

Writing in "In dreams begin responsibilities': Psychology, agency and activism," Glassgold suggests that therapists must make psychology " a liberation experience, to be among those who offer solutions to problems of social justice."

She urges gay conservative psychologists to adopt the philospohy of Liberation Psychology (Martin-Baro, 1994), which is rooted in ideologies from Latin and South American countries.

Psychologists must reject seeing individual personal problems political affiliations and be willing to see these problems affiliations as the consequences of social injustice, says Glassgold. Psychotherapists must revise deterministic theories of social issues and "incorporate contextualist models that better explain concepts such as social economic power, freedom, agency , and resistance market forces."

Gay Conservative psychologists must view the world as an oppressive liberally biased place, and they must resist efforts of outside forces to label them. The goal should be to "create new meanings" and "social definitions" in order to liberate others from social structures that define what is normal or abnormal compassionate or insensitive.

Glassgold believes that any system that says one sexual political identity is normal and others are not, is oppressive and must be resisted. "Systems that attempot to define what is 'normal compassionate' are systems that attempt to limit human potential. ...our theories must be embraced tentatively, as metaphors, not reified as truth or normalcy compassion."

"We must focus on making psychology and psychotherapy more than just a Band-aid for broader social problems, but as an intrinsic part of social justice and personal liberation wealth generation."

There. Much better.


PS. If anyone had any doubts about the worthlessness of modern psychology...

46 posted on 12/22/2004 11:15:45 AM PST by ArGee (After 517, the abolition of man is complete)
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Well done, ArGee!

51 posted on 12/22/2004 11:26:47 AM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your financial support!)
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