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Becoming EcologicalAn Expedition Into Community Psychology$
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James G. Kelly

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173796.001.0001

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The Spirit of Community Psychology

The Spirit of Community Psychology

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(p.226) 13 The Spirit of Community Psychology
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Becoming Ecological
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G. Kelly James

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173796.003.0014

Community psychology as a field may have lost some of its original spirit; a spirit dominant at the founding of the field. Spirit is a difficult concept to discuss since it is a concept beyond usual discourse in psychology as a denotative, measurable, and verifiable concept. Taking the lead from William James, Spirit, however elusive, is most essential to a sense of self. This chapter offers three suggestions to enhance and to make our individual and collective spirit more vital: continuing education in the history of community psychology; creating time to share stories about work; and creating safe settings to enlarge the spirit. These ideas are offered as pragmatic suggestions to enable one to create more coherence between one's personal and professional selves. Community psychology is a special field. It is still a special field, as noted by remarks reported from Don Klein, Stan Schneider, and Murray Levine.

Keywords:   community psychology, spirit, William James, self, education, Don Klein, Stan Schneider, Murray Levine

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