In putting together the new Encyclopedia, Professor Thomas Teo (who is on the faculty of Toronto’s York University and internationally respected for his work in the history and philosophy of psychology) invited critical psychologists—from humanists to postmodernists, from Marxists and feminists to post-colonialists—to write the 1,000 entries that appear in the Encyclopedia. I was pleased to be among the contributors, with entries for Social Therapy, The Zone of Emotional Development, Postmodern Marxism, and Performative Psychology. You’ll also find entries for other important critical psychology terms, such as collaboration, alienation, anti-psychiatry, cultural-historical psychology, psy-complex, race, and poverty. Additionally, it’s enlightening to read the critical psychology understandings of the “bread and butter” of mainstream psychology—for example, personality, well-being, deviance, creativity, madness, therapy, mental health, and hundreds more.
Critical psychology is rarely taught in the US. But the new Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology could go a long way in remedying this. The massive (2,400 pages) anthology recently published by Springer Reference is the first reference work in English that looks at psychological topics from a critical perspective, and includes international and indigenous points of view.