Compassion is a desirable quality, one we try to cultivate in our children, toward our friends and family and within our local communities. When a friend is feeling down or discouraged, we don’t hesitate to comfort them and offer words of understanding. Yet when it comes to our own experience, many find it difficult to turn this compassion inward.Read More
Culture & Society
Many people don’t have a good understanding of what psychologists do. While some may understand that psychologists are often trained in psychotherapy, they may not appreciate other skills that psychologists possess such as assessment services, research skills, and multicultural competence.
Even fewer appreciate the broad impact psychologists have on culture and society around the world. For example, did you know that there are currently over 90 international psychological organizations listed by the American Psychological Association? These varied organizations provide mental health and other services in areas such as:
- Human rights
- Gender and social issues
Psychologists actively seek to integrate psychological science and multicultural awareness through activism, divisions, and organizations. This work is valuable because it helps to counteract mental health stigma that is present in many parts of the world. If you’re curious to learn more about how psychology intersects with culture and society, explore the links below!
Many individuals choose to not have children. The process of deciding to have a child or not presents the opportunity for individuals to determine whether parenthood is best for them and for hypothetical future children. While it can be a very difficult decision, a person may make the careful choice to remain child-free for one specific reason—or many. One’s mental health can be affected throughout this decision-making process because it can involve conflicting emotions, but it can also be affected after the decision has been made because of the stigma associated with being child-free. These two situations can be difficult to navigate at first, but there are self-help and community resources available.Read More
In an article released online in JAMA, Dr. David Kindig takes a look at health equity factors that are used for health policy development and summarizes a concept that could reduce health disparities and improve access to care.Read More
As these two articles highlight, both racial and LGBTQ discrimination have far-reaching negative consequences, including mental illness, but there are very concrete ways to increase acceptance of others and improve the treatment of fellow members of our society.Read More
Paul Bloom, PhD, argues that empathy makes the world worse. In a video released by The Atlantic, he addresses why he views empathy to be a fault. In response to the release of this video, Rachel Elizabeth Maley and Joe Evans argue that empathy is not the cause of the world’s problems.Read More