Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Vol. 11, Issue 2, 2019

Article 5
Listening to the Voiceless: Towards an Inclusive Psychology 1, 2

Polli Hagenaars
Independent practice for counselling and cross-cultural communication, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Has psychology today overcome the influences of colonialism, slavery, unequal global economic relations and social-Darwinism? This article explores the relationships between human rights, social justice and psychology, more broadly and with reference to Caribbean cultural communities, highlighting challenges facing the profession of psychology. Biases in the science and practice of psychology are mentioned, such as historical justifications for inequalities and the lack of reliable and valid psychological instruments. A plea is made for a human rights based-and-oriented psychology that is inclusive, decolonial and multi-indigenous.