Dr Ewald Crause
“Change is as good as a holiday?”
“Yet another revamp?”
“Can’t you just settle down and be content with what we had previously?”
“Why are all these changes necessary?”
We’ve all heard the saying that change is as good as a holiday. Well, to put this into context…some people experience holidays as a well-deserved time of rest and relaxation while others find the mere thought of holidays as nerve-wrecking because of changes to traffic, ‘forced’ social engagements, and the realization that while you are ‘relaxing’ your work is piling up in your absence. So the question can be posed… what is your stance on change? Are you adaptable and curious to the possibilities of change or would you describe yourself as ‘edgy’ and ‘irritable’ just like the holidaymaker stuck in traffic while the air-conditioning is not working on a 30 degree + sunny day?
Let me try and unpack this introductory paragraph.
As many of you would know we recently had a major revamp of our website. What we have realised over the last couple of months is that psychologists (generally) are creatures of habit and change is not always met with the ‘unconditional positive regard’ that Rogers emphasised as a core condition of creating a therapeutic environment. I say this with the greatest respect for all our colleagues and my comments here are mostly tongue in cheek…mostly.
The PsySSA office staff and a few select individuals were tasked with the enormous responsibility of creating a web platform that could not only automate online payments but would also enable the staff to take ownership of managing web content. Yes there might still be a few teething problems but we can honestly say that PsySSA and its online presence have made significant in-rounds and we look forward to the many additional features which will soon be added to our site.
In this issue of PsyTALK you will find a number of wonderful contributions including our lead article that speaks to the events pervading media reports and discussion forums recently, i.e., that of race. As psychologists we need to be able to offer insight into human behaviour and put into context behaviour which society could misinterpret due to the emotions that often clouds rational thinking.
The question remains, are we offering our input as a psychology fraternity on a scale where society can take note or are we merely engaging with the constructs of race and transformation on a theoretical level (i.e., disengaged from real world contexts)?
Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.