The Porcupine Quill is a place to share perspectives. If a cube is only viewed from one side, then five perspectives are missing. Being open to hearing different perspectives allows tolerance to grow.
When someone voices their opinion, and shares a perspective that challenges the status quo, the result is change. Sometimes change is quick and sometimes it takes many voices speaking up over a long period time to put change into motion. These many voices speaking together are social change movements. Social change movements can lead to important events such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Hargrove, & Williams, 2014).
During the civil rights movement, comments from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. increased awareness about the importance of psychological studies (Hargrove, & Williams, 2014). Courts sometimes rely on psychological research to inform their decisions (Hargrove, & Williams, 2014). Psychologists provide accurate and unbiased information for social change movements with topics as diverse as health, environment, education, gang violence, poverty, war, inequitable wealth distribution, refugees, human rights violations, wellbeing, and Westernization (Marsella, 1998). Organizations such as Psychologists for Social Responsibility (2014) allow psychologists to pool their knowledge to promote peace, human rights, social justice, and sustainable practices. Psychologists have an obligation to do no harm, and when they see practices in the world that may be harmful to people, they have an obligation to provide objective knowledge so that courts and policy makers will have the tools they need to address them. In our world, there are many social change issues to address and new issues popping up all the time. This blog is intended to address any issue of social change, but because my upcoming dissertation is related to subtle sexism in the workplace, many of the upcoming blogs will be related to the women’s movement.
Hargrove, S., & Williams, D. (2014). Psychology’s contribution to the development of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/communique/2014/08-09/civil-rights-act.aspx
Marsella, A. J. (1998). Toward a ‘global community psychology’: Meeting the needs of a changing world. The American Psychologist, 53(12), 1282–1291.
Psychologists for Social Responsibility. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.psysr.org/