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Dr. Roberts briefly discusses psychology’s history as a science developed by the elite who had become uneasy about the rapidly urbanizing spaces of early capitalism. We learn how modern day psychology’s obsessive focus on internal thoughts and behaviors has reinforced the capitalist ethic of selfish individualism. Dr. Roberts sharply criticizes the psychology profession’s close ties to the military/industrial complex and its unethical relationship with big business. Dr. Roberts wonders if psychology’s complicity in engineering mass illusion has made it nearly impossible for us to rationally take stock of our unique moment in history and speak truth to power.
Dr. Roberts draws on the great Marxist thinkers Michel Foucault and Eric Fromm to reclaim psychology as an Enlightenment science that can serve our collective interests. We are reminded that Foucault analyzed how language, discourse and power can shape our perceptions; while Fromm recognized psychology’s value as a tool to advance our human potential. Accordingly, Dr. Roberts encourages us to throw off our chains by engaging in an open, constructive dialogue about capitalism's oppressive tendencies. In this way, we will understand that many problems do not originate within us (as corporate psychology would have us believe). Dr. Roberts asserts that a robust moral and political debate may yet open psychology to new, more humane possibilities including love, imagination and art.
I highly recommend this excellent book to everyone.
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