Welcome to my site, Liberation Psychology in Action!
Here you can find some of my work that shows how liberation psychology can be applied to analyze and understand social and cultural issues and envision an alternative future. I organized my work according to various topics, with introductions that highlight each category. You can find them in the Research Interests section.
What Is Liberation Psychology?
Liberation psychology is more than just a study. It is something to be practiced. Thus, it is my contention that it should be defined and developed by each person who engages with it.
Liberation psychology is a praxis that people can engage with in striving for liberation of individuals, of groups, communities and nations. Just like any discipline, it is a framework through which we see the world. I define it as one that acknowledges the existence of power dynamics inherent in relationships and social structures. Liberation psychology recognizes the forces of oppression within a society. It identifies how this force is internalized within each person and how we can strive to free ourselves from it.
The three pillars of liberation psychology are: courage for truth, imagination and responsibility.
Courage for truth
Liberation psychology calls us to look honestly at how the world works. We live in a world dominated by Western values. A perversion of enlightenment ideals brought by a kind of corporate takeover has come to dictate what ‘progress’ means. Those who take up the discipline of liberation psychology refuse to accept the idea of supremacy of one civilization, culture or the notion of empire. This honesty requires us to develop courage to seek truth and critically examine ideas and perspectives that have become the norm.
Truth invokes a moral imagination that allows us to not only see the situation as it is but engages in questions of what it ought to be.
Moral imagination awakens responsibility to strive to fill the gaps between existing reality and ideals of what ought to be.
In order to engage with liberation psychology, we have to first liberate ourselves. We have this responsibility to freely express what is in our mind and heart; to dismantle the apparatus of oppression that tries to censor and silence our voices. Each person’s courage for truth can bring this dominant perspective into dialogue with other perspectives that have mostly been marginalized.
Theories and concepts of psychology are tools that in themselves are neutral. They can be used to conceal or reveal human nature and oppress or liberate our authentic self. Trained as a liberation psychologist, I am committed to always becoming conscious of this choice and using this body of knowledge to empower others in understanding and defining who they truly are.
My Areas of Interests
I primarily focus on current events and liberation potential that is brought through innovation on the Internet, such as transnational publisher WikiLeaks and stateless currencies like Bitcoin.
- Cultural analysis
- Decentralized movements
- Political prisoners
- Dissident voice
To learn about my research orientation, go to the Methodology section.