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Global psychology is a subfield of psychology that addresses the issues raised in the global sustainability debate. Global psychologists advocate the pursuit of sustainable values and of meaning exceeding both self-realization and religious faith. Mainstream psychology, they allege, lacks the wide view on global challenges that humans have needed to possess in recent years. The philosophy and aims of global psychology were articulated by Israeli-born psychologist Benjamin Katz, in his 2008 book, Global Psychology: Solving Eddie's Dilemma.
Whereas psychology has traditionally focused on the individual mind, global psychology expands the objective of psychological inquiry to macro-level trends, examining the overwhelming consequences of global warming, economic destabilization and other large-scale phenomena, while recognizing that global sustainability can best be achieved by psychologically sound individuals and cultures. Global psychologists advocate a simple and sensible, yet comprehensive, psychology, whose strength is its focus on the long-term well-being of all of humanity.
Worldwide necessities that are addressed by global psychology include:
- Humanity's long-term survival and Earth's long-term sustainability.
- Bettering and improving of life conditions for all humans.
- Evolving further beyond mankind's limits and constraints.
- Community psychology
- Cross cultural psychology
- Environmental attitudes
- Environmental education
- International psychology
- World psychology
- ↑ Katz B.(2008)Katz B. (2008). Global psychology, New York, US: Xlibris.