Welcome to my Peace Psychology blog.
For now, this format is just an experiment, as it appears much easier to keep a weblog like this than to keep my various websites up to date.
The basic motivating philosophy is this:
- That how we, as human beings, construe reality is determined by mental patterns or schema, which (a) pre-select and pre-structure what we perceive, and (b) determine the kinds of conclusions, inferences and beliefs derived from what we perceive.
- That, up to this point, perhaps for Darwinian reasons, our schemas are dominated by themes of aggression, hostility, conflict, and competition.
- That these schemas are not exclusively “hard-wired”—but rather mainly learned and culturally propagated.
- That we have come to a point where if we do not address this, we face destruction of ourselves, our society, the environment, and perhaps the planet itself.
- Yet just as this occurs in human history, we have also developed the intelligence to understand the nature of our own minds, of schema-shaped reality. And we can choose other schemas. We are now self-conscious, and potentially self-creating to a new degree.
Our task, therefore, is to create a new culture based on principles of peace, love, and prosperity through cooperation to replace the culture that sees all in terms of conflict and aggression.
This is, I believe, first and foremost a challenge to psychologists and the discipline of psychology.