Antonio Kalentzis
Government and politics

My hopes and aspirations for the BPS Political Psychology Section

By Antonio Kalentzis

07 December 2023

I'm the newest member of the Political Psychology Section committee and I've been asked to share my hopes and aspirations for the future. I'm looking forward to working with all members throughout my term and hearing your views too.

Political psychology has always held a certain fascination for those who yearn to decipher the intricate dance between the human mind and the political structures which it creates, and by which it is influenced. As we traverse the ever-evolving landscape of global politics, my aspirations for the field of political psychology are rooted in a deep-seated belief in its potential to sculpt a more empathetic, informed and harmonious world.

The evolution of political psychology has been a testament to its adaptability and relevance. As we've seen the rise of populism, the challenges of misinformation in the digital era, and the deepening of socio-political divides, the field has responded with deeper inquiries and broader perspectives. What I fervently hope for is an even greater leap in its reach and impact in the coming years.

Bridging the gaps

One of my primary aspirations is for political psychology to bridge the gaps that seem to be expanding in our polarised world. By delving into the root causes of societal divisions, we can better understand the motivations and fears of various groups. With such understanding comes the possibility of dialogue, reconciliation, and collaboration. I envision a world where political psychologists play the role of mediators and facilitators, guiding conversations that heal rather than divide.

Furthermore, in an age overwhelmed by information, I hope to see the Political Psychology Section take on the mantle of discernment. As the lines between fact and fiction blur, the field has a crucial role in deciphering the psychological underpinnings of belief systems, biases, and the susceptibility to misinformation. By understanding the cognitive processes that make individuals susceptible to certain narratives, political psychology can contribute to creating more discerning, critically thinking societies.

Moreover, the dynamism of the global political arena necessitates that political psychology does not remain confined to academic corridors. I aspire to see the field making significant in-roads in policymaking, governance, and even grassroots activism. By informing policies with insights about human behavior, we can craft strategies that resonate, inspire, and effect genuine change.

Collaboration required

Lastly, the future I envision for the Political Psychology Section is one steeped in interdisciplinary collaboration. Politics doesn't exist in a vacuum. It is influenced, for example, by economic shifts, technological advancements, cultural nuances. By collaborating with experts from varied disciplines – including colleagues in the Political Studies Association - political psychology can offer more holistic solutions and richer insights.

In conclusion, the aspirations I hold for political psychology are reflections of its innate potential. It's not just about understanding the interplay between mind and politics, it's about harnessing this understanding to shape a world that's more connected, compassionate and constructive. As we stand on the precipice of myriad global challenges, the contributions of the Political Psychology Section could very well help to light the path forward.

Get in touch

If you would like to contact me, you can get in touch via any of the following platforms:

[email protected]

This editorial is taken from the Autumn/Winter 2023 issue of the Political Psychology Bulletin.





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