Psychology for Social Change: Strategies That Work

PsySRA New PsySR Guide

Psychology -- the science of human behavior -- offers a base of knowledge and practice for the development of policies that promote peace, social justice, human rights, and an ecologically sustainable future. Psychological research and real-world applications are key resources for positive social change because they can help individuals, groups, and societies:

* Build common ground across perceived divides, overcoming “Us-versus-Them” mindsets and distrust of those we see as different.

* Focus on the future and our collective welfare, prioritizing the broader long-term consequences of our actions instead of short-term self-interest.

* Acknowledge errors and make amends, resisting our tendency to deny responsibility and blame others when things go wrong.

* Evaluate alternatives through thoughtful analysis and empathy, rejecting appeals to fear and anger that often cloud our judgment.

* Correct misunderstanding and miscommunication, preventing the escalation of conflict and bloodshed.

* Heal the wounds of violence, trauma, and neglect, averting the transmission of vengeance and despair from one generation to the next.

Psychologists for Social Responsibility is very pleased to announce that we have created a new guide -- Psychology for Social Change: Strategies That Work. The guide provides important examples of the crucial role that psychological knowledge and best practices can play in addressing today’s urgent social and environmental challenges. It is intended for a broad audience, including policymakers, activists, educators, students, news media, and the general public.

A free PDF version of this full-color guide (8.5” x 14” with double-parallel fold) can be downloaded HERE. In addition, up to 50 copies of the guide are available from PsySR for a minimum donation of $25 (please make your check payable to PsySR, write "guide" in the memo line, mail to Psychologists for Social Responsibility, ℅ Brad Olson, National Louis University, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60603, and be sure to include your mailing address). If you are interested in more than 50 copies, please email your request to guide@psysr.org.