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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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Antidotes for Arrogance

Antidotes for Arrogance

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(p.57) 3 Antidotes for Arrogance
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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/9780195173796.003.0004

A redefinition of the psychologist's job is advocated, and a new set of criteria for the hallmarks for this profession is proposed. Being a community psychologist is more than being a good psychologist, for community psychology is a sufficiently different activity. To achieve valid training for this field, accommodations to the heritages, assumptions, and styles of previous training are sharpened and redefined. Developing competences for work in the community is a different task and requires new political alliances and new criteria for personal and joint accountability between the community and the psychologist. The spirit of the community psychologist is the spirit of a naturalist who dotes on his environment. The recommended way to prevent professional extinction is participation in the local community; the preferred antidote for arrogance is an ecological view of man.

Keywords:   psychologist, community psychology, competences, environment, participation, antidote, arrogance, ecological view

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