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  Critical psychology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Critical psychology is both a critique of "mainstream" psychology and an attempt to apply psychology in more progressive ways (based, for example, on Marxist or feminist analyses) and contexts than have thus far been the case.
Critical psychology started in the 1970s in Berlin at the Freie Universität Berlin, and the German branch of critical psychology predates and has developed largely separately from the rest of the field.
The appeal of critical psychology to socialists is that it is an attempt to come to grips with the social and the historical "conditionality" of human beings.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Critical_psychology   (388 words)

 Encyclopedia: Critical psychology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Psychology (Classical Greek: psyche = soul or mind, logos = study of) is an academic and applied field involving the study of behaviour, mind and thought and, frequently, the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including problems of individuals daily lives and the treatment of mental illness.
In the humanities and social sciences, critical theory is a general term for new theoretical developments (roughly since the 1960s) in a variety of fields, informed by structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, Marxist theory, and several other areas of thought.
Transpersonal psychology is a school of psychology that studies the spiritual and transpersonal dimensions of humanity, and the possibilty of development beyond traditional ego-boundaries.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Critical-psychology   (636 words)

 Critical psychology -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Critical psychology is both a critique of "mainstream" (The science of mental life) psychology and an attempt to apply psychology in more progressive ways (based, for example, on (An advocate of Marxism) Marxist or (A supporter of feminism) feminist analyses) and contexts than have thus far been the case.
Critical psychology started in the (The decade from 1970 to 1979) 1970s in Berlin at the (Click link for more info and facts about Freie Universität Berlin) Freie Universität Berlin, and the German branch of critical psychology predates and has developed largely separately from the rest of the field.
Critical psychology and related work has also sometimes been labelled radical psychology and (Click link for more info and facts about liberation psychology) liberation psychology.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/cr/critical_psychology.htm   (386 words)

 Critical Psychology: Critical Links -- Radical Psychology, Vol. 1, Issue 1.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Social psychology in the US was also the source, during the so-called `crisis`, of reflections on the character of social psychology as thoroughly tied to history (Gergen, 1973), and the elaborations of this argument now inspire the `social constructionist` trend of critique that has widened its scope to psychology as a whole.
Critical psychology should not be defined as always `relativist` (although it may well treat all the discipline`s facts as social constructions) or as `realist` (although it may want to give an account of the underlying social conditions that give rise to certain ideas in the discipline) (Parker, 1998).
Critical psychology must be mobile and tactical in its journey across this terrain, and its map of `the edges` and `the centre` is a little different from that drawn by the professional cartographers of the mind.
www.yorku.ca /danaa/vol1-1/Parker.htm   (6326 words)

 Educational Psychology Interactive: Critical thinking
Critical thinking is the disciplined mental activity of evaluating arguments or propositions and making judgments that can guide the development of beliefs and taking action.
Critical thinking is important attribute for success in the 21st century.
Critical thinking is a complex activity and we should not expect that one method of instruction will prove sufficient for developing each of its component parts.
chiron.valdosta.edu /whuitt/col/cogsys/critthnk.html   (2222 words)

 Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology: Critical period   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Other examples of critical periods include the initial four months of life during which puppies must be exposed to humans in order to make good pets and the early months in which birds must be exposed to the characteristic song of their species in order to learn it.
Critical periods vary in length: the period for identifying one's mother may last only a few hours, while the period for learning to identify a mate may take several months.
For example, the embryonic stage in humans is a critical period for certain types of growth (such as the appearance of the heart, eyes, ears, hands, and feet) which must occur for prenatal development to proceed normally.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g2699/is_0000/ai_2699000079/print   (254 words)

 Critical psychology Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It was founded in the 1970s in Berlin at the Freie Universität Berlin, the German branch of critical psychology predates and has developed largely separately from the rest of the field.
Critical psychology is not really an division of psychology; it follows its own methodology.
A couple of years ago the department of critical psychology at the FU-Berlin was closed and was added to the traditional psychology department.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/c/cr/critical_psychology_1.html   (284 words)

 Towards a Critical Health Psychology Practice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
From a critical psychology perspective, each one of these contexts is suffused with power differentials that privilege the powerful and discriminate against the weak (Kawachi, Kennedy, and Wilkinson, 1999; Kim, Millen, Irwin, and Gersham, 2000; McCubbin, 2001; Petersen, 1994; Prilleltensky and Nelson, in press).
Although critical health psychology brings to sharp relief the role of culture and dominant societal structures, its power analysis may be applied from the micro setting of relationships to the macro level of policy.
Critical and community psychologists used to argue that the focus on the individual is not enough.
people.vanderbilt.edu /~isaac.prilleltensky/health.htm   (6960 words)

 Critical Psychology :: MSc @ Bolton Institute   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Core modules cover conceptual foundations in critical psychology and innovations in emancipatory research practice, and other modules focus on politics, subjectivity, feminist theory and methodology, and philosophy, theory and critical psychology (the latter two modules are currently under development).
Critical Psychology comprises a series of evolving perspectives questioning theoretical and methodological practices of the discipline of psychology in the academe, professional work and culture.
Critical psychologists may emphasise endemic processes of normalisation and pathologisation as an irremediable characteristic of psychology or attend to specific abuses of power in particular practices which impede the development of a genuinely empowering alternative approach.
www.synchrony.plus.com /work/msc/msc.html   (2032 words)

 Professor Ian Parker - Department of Psychology & Speech   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Critical psychology, theoretical psychology, Foucault, discourse analysis, Derrida, deconstruction and mental health, Lacan, psychoanalytic social theory and clinical practice.
A critical assessment of the work of Žižek, through a focus on four aspects of his work: (1) Yugoslavia as the context for the development of his work, (2) his use of Hegel as philosophical grounding, (3) his reading of Lacanian psychoanalysis, and (4) the role of Marxism in his writing as political reference point.
A review and assessment of methodological developments in psychology and critical psychology, and the development of qualitative approaches to the study of language that challenge mainstream models of human activity.
www.psychology.mmu.ac.uk /staff/psychology_academic/pr_ian_parker.htm   (1512 words)

 Reconciling the Roles of Professional Helper and Critical Agent in Health Psychology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Several authors pondered how we can incorporate the insights of critical psychology into our daily practice, and how we can make sure that our specialized knowledge of individual health behaviour works in concert with our knowledge of power differentials and their repercussions on health.
Critical health psychologists struggle to reconcile two sets of values, assumptions, and practices associated with their roles as professional helpers on one hand, and critical agents of social change on the other.
Outside critics, in turn, may feel free to point to shortcomings but may not have the inside knowledge of how systems work, or why some procedures that may seem irrational from the outside may be well justified from the inside.
people.vanderbilt.edu /~isaac.prilleltensky/role.htm   (1529 words)

 Dennis Fox’s Weblog » Blog Archive » Jerusalem Critical Psychology Discussion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
One of my psychology contacts suggested we organize a meeting to get to know each other and discuss a range of issues related to both critical psychology and the political situation.
Loosely, critical psychology is an effort to dissect and counter psychology’s role in maintaining an unjust status quo.
In a 1985 article, Psychology, Ideology, Utopia, and the Commons, I merged into one package my interests in the sad state of social psychology, the importance of environmental and other global problems, what I had learned by then of anarchist theory, and some utopian thinking.
blog.dennisfox.net /index.php/archives/2004/10/12/jerusalem-critical-psychology-discussion   (1135 words)

 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
One of our main concerns is that mainstream psychology traditionally works within the philosophical, ideological and epistemological frameworks constructed within existing social institutions and rarely critiques or challenges aspects of the social system itself that potentially produce forms of oppression and suffering.
For example the theories and practices of critical psychology have emerged from a broad range of interests including feminism, human rights struggles, liberation theology, participatory democracy, psychoanalysis, postmodern theory, poststructuralism, socialism, marxism, queer theory, social constructionism, ecological thought, community psychology, and other lines of thought and practice that challenge psychology's individualism, scientism, and inherent conservatism.
As a group we are unified by our interests in a conceptual critique of the philosophical underpinnings and assumptions of psychology as well as political critiques concerned with psychology’s socio-culturally regulative role: its unwitting collusion in maintaining the social order via its normalising practices and role prescriptions and the reproduction of oppressive practices of power.
apps.uws.edu.au /criticalpsychology/netsite/cpnhome.htm   (480 words)

 Read about Critical psychology at WorldVillage Encyclopedia. Research Critical psychology and learn about Critical ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Critical psychology started in the 1970s in Berlin at the
Freie Universität Berlin, and the German branch of critical psychology predates and has developed largely separately from the rest of the field.
Critical Psychology in South Africa: Looking back and looking forwards (http://www.criticalmethods.org/collab/critpsy.htm).
encyclopedia.worldvillage.com /s/b/Critical_psychology   (319 words)

 HTP Prints - Methodologies of critical psychology: Illustrations from the field of racism
Teo, Thomas (1999) Methodologies of critical psychology: Illustrations from the field of racism.
It is argued that critical psychology can be discriminated meaningfully into critical theoretical psychology, critical theoretical psychology with a practical emancipatory intention, critical empirical psychology, and critical applied psychology.
According to the differentiation of the general methodologies of critical theoretical psychology into deconstruction, reconstruction and construction, the uses of these methodologies in the field of racism are illustrated.
htpprints.yorku.ca /archive/00000180   (159 words)

 Critical Psychology in South Africa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It may also limit the ability of critical psychology to be articulated as a more-than-local form of resistance, and curtail reference to "mainstream psychology" as a nodal point in the social construction of subjectivity, experience and human activity.
While critical projects increasingly assume legitimate positions in textbooks, undergraduate curricula, post-graduate research and various forms of application and intervention, the growth area of psychology is still in the direction of an American-style, aggressively professional and market-oriented individual therapy industry.
As elsewhere in the world, critical psychology in South Africa was thus borne from a two-tiered interrogation of psychology in its relation to politics.
www.criticalmethods.org /collab/critpsy.htm   (7719 words)

 Critical Psychology and Pedagogy — www.greenwood.com
His bottom line: psychology is extraordinarily relevant to the current working of society, playing an important role in the organization and maintenance of its institutions.
Developing this critical pedagogy for the interpretation of the personal world, Sullivan completes his work with concrete examples of how critical psychology addresses applied problems.
Critical Psychology and Pedagogy holds the individual and society in dynamic tension.
www.greenwood.com /books/BookDetail.asp?sku=G213   (285 words)

 Critical Psychology: An Introduction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Psychology is not, and cannot be, a neutral endeavour conducted by scientists and practitioners detached from social and political circumstances.
Psychology's claim to be a legitimate science led it to emulate the hard sciences' laboratory methods and statistical analyses.
One of the practical barriers to understanding critical psychology is language: critical psychologists often use complex philosophical concepts to explain and justify their departures from the mainstream.
dennisfox.net /critpsy/book.html   (1578 words)

Community psychologists should employ a critical utopian vision of social life; i.e., we should evaluate policies and institutions on the basis of what could be, not on the basis of what is “normally” acceptable.
Graduate programs in community psychology should reduce their emphasis on quantitative methods to the exclusion of other methodologies, and should expand the role of participatory research methods.
Drafted by Holly Angelique and Ken Kyle and adopted at the Monterey Bay, California, Conference on Critical Psychology, August, 2001.
www.people.vanderbilt.edu /~douglas.d.perkins/ccpdecl.htm   (526 words)

 Journal of Instructional Psychology: Teaching critical thinking online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Duffelmeyer (2000) pointed out that "criticizing technology" or "the society in general" during daily instruction makes it possible to teach critical thinking and to use new media especially as content of critical thinking.
This approach is anchored within the research paradigm of "critical theory" and/or of "qualitative social research" what results in the fact, that no empirical data are available to proof the underlying assumptions (see URL http:// www.critical-thinking.org).
In their study, students had to criticize and to expand an argument structure and had free access to a content-rich hypertext.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0FCG/is_2_29/ai_88761499/pg_2   (933 words)

 SAGE Publications - Critical Psychology
`Critical Psychology acknowledges the influence of related perspectives including feminism, critical theroy, postmodernism, hermeneutics and discursive psychology.
The book is also notable because it stands as a potential teaching text, which is relatively unusual in critical psychology....
This critical psychology has transformed or influenced debates across the discipline, and yet much of its writings have been highly technical and complex.
www.sagepub.co.uk /book.aspx?pid=101639   (217 words)

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In July 1999, the First International Conference on Critical and Qualitative Approaches to Health Psychology was held in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Over 120 critical health psychologists from 20 countries and every continent on the globe attended the conference.
However, as with other critical psychologists, they share a common dissatisfaction with the positivist assumptions of much of mainstream psychology and its ignorance of broader social and political issues.
www.med.mun.ca /ischp   (266 words)

 [Centrefornarrativeresearch] FW: Critical Psychology Conference 2005
A psychology of the excluded and marginalised, both those who are socially displaced and those whose work and thought remain unacceptable to mainstream psychology.
Even Critical Psychology has been guilty of lapsing into elite conversations between those who from a global perspective are in fact highly privileged, narrow in their domestic concerns, and almost as restricted in their theories and methods as those they so righteously denounce.
Many of the established major voices in Critical Psychology will be participating, and also we encourage activists, independent researchers, and students to take part, and especially encourage participants from the "Global South".
listserv.uel.ac.uk /pipermail/centrefornarrativeresearch/Week-of-Mon-20041101/000235.html   (357 words)

 SAGE Publications - Critical Psychology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Critical Psychology is the first comprehensive and accessible introduction of its kind.
Critical psychology has transformed or influenced debates, research, and practice across the discipline, and yet much of its writings have been highly technical and complex.
Critical Psychology will be an essential text for students and academics who see the discipline of psychology as part of a wider social and political context.
www.sagepub.com /book.aspx?pid=6371   (136 words)

 Critical Psychology   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This text offers a wide ranging introduction to critical psychology with a special focus on the socio-political context of post-apartheid South Africa.
Critical Psychology contains a wealth of material, exploring critical perspectives on psychology from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives.
Derek Hook is a lecturer in social psychology at LSE.
www.lse.ac.uk /collections/pressAndInformationOffice/publications/books/Critical_Psychology.htm   (208 words)

 Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 90048290   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Publisher description for Critical psychology : contributions to an historical science of the subject / edited by Charles W. Tolman, Wolfgang Maiers.
Infused with theoretical sophistication, the papers detail the implications of Critical Psychology on several fronts: a theory of emotions, forms of psychotherapy, the impact of automation in the workplace, and a theory of learning.
Critical Psychology: Contributions to an Historical Science of the Subject is the first book to make Critical Psychology accessible to an English-speaking audience.
www.loc.gov /catdir/description/cam024/90048290.html   (203 words)

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