Beba Papakyriakou (registered Doctoral student, Unisa)

 

Beba Papakyriakou (registered Doctoral student, Unisa)

MA (Psy) (Cum Laude)

Member of PsySSA

bebap@netactive.co.za

In a world plagued by all manner of ills, by hostilities, by intolerance, by madness, could Psychology rise up and become the beacon of integrity?  What is integrity?  To my mind, integrity is about truth, it’s about respect, it’s about compassion, it’s about follow through, it’s about responsibility, it’s about consideration.

Despite the world having become ‘a global village’, society appears to have lost its human connection – and its integrity.  The ‘me’ generation is alive and well and is destroying the essence of what it means to be human.

Being human is tough, make no mistake. Being human means we have to feel, we have to think, we have to act, we have to be accountable, we have to take responsibility.  And we have to regulate our behaviours.

But being human also means we need to demonstrate our humanity, our empathy, our understanding and our goodness.  We need to be impeccable in our dealings with others, we need to be mindful, we need to aim for unity rather than separation.

The sad thing is that even though all of this is well within our reach, we often allow it to be beyond our grasp – we rush around in survival mode, competing, isolating ourselves in our specialities and perceived specialness.  In our disconnection, we trample on living beings as if they were concrete under our feet.  We cannot even conceive of the concept of ‘do no harm’ never mind take responsibility for doing no harm.

But is Psychology our knight in shining armour?  It could be, if we grow up and pause for long enough to take responsibility, to focus on what we are able to do rather than what we are not able to do – our ability rather than our in/disability.  If we step off the treadmill of life for just a moment and open our eyes and hearts to the possibilities, and to our power as a field of influence, imagine the impact we could have.

Psychology is, above all, about connection – connection between our capacity to learn, to emote, to think, to understand, to relate to others. What a privilege. But Psychology is also about being responsible and having the ability to make healthy connections – imagine what would happen if the electrical board in your house was badly, irresponsibly wired: Chances are your house would go up in smoke – possibly taking you with it.

As a field of influence, Psychology could ensure we do not go up in smoke.  Well, that’s what I think anyway.


…being human also means we need to demonstrate our humanity, our empathy, our understanding and our goodness.  We need to be impeccable in our dealings with others, we need to be mindful, we need to aim for unity rather than separation.

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