Humanist psychologists strikingly identify globalization, health, ecology, and spirituality as areas of contemporary and future human problematic behavior, and point to a large population of depressiveness worldwide.
Do you also think humanity hasn’t yet found a good recipe for peace, justice, and happiness? In fact, it is our all aspiration to make the best possible contribution to the well-being of all. Just, how to do even better as there is obviously still a lot of potential? One may understandingly give up hope in the face of the historically everlasting conflicting human nature that is perpetuation greed and violence causing so much suffering.
There is hope, though!
The psychological understanding of human behavior equips us with practical strategies to relief mental tensions and become more mindful, all helping to direct our “dark side” towards non-harmful and moral attitudes for the better of each of us individually and society as a whole. Just think how you’re already successfully transforming destructive emotions such as anger and aggression into positive energy in many situations, be it in sport, in professional conduct, or social relationships. How much more would be possible if we more systematically learned the science and art of psychology!
Does that sound unrealistic to you? Maybe yes, because we don’t make it an educational priority. If psychology were taught consistently from early years on, a more conscious personal and, as a result, social development of human behavior would be the result, protecting people and the environment from inhuman and unnatural conditions.
It’s never too late to increase emotional awareness and mental fitness, and to adjust life to one’s real purpose, based on healthy self-esteem, courage, intrinsic motivation, and self-control. The biggest impact we can make for next generations is helping to acquire and apply the knowledge of how to lead a happy, fulfilled, and inspiring life. Psychological progress will help the evolution of the vastly destructive behavior of the ‘homo economicus’ towards a more compassionate, thriving, and sustainable ‘homo mentalis.’
It won’t be technological progress, but rather a changed human attitude and behavior from each individual that will change and save the world. Be a role model today, and a hero tomorrow.