Psychology and Psychotherapy Redefined from the Viewpoint of the African Experience

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Lesiba Baloyi
Mogobe Bernard Ramose

Abstract

This article argues for an African-conceived ‘psychology’ and ‘psycho-therapy’. The thesis to be defended is that the dominant Western paradigm in terms of the definitions and practices of psychology and psychotherapy in their current form is at variance with the African experience and culture. African indigenous ways of knowing and doing, including the treatment of illness, derive from a non-transferable but communicable experience giving rise to an independent epistemology. To be consistent with the African epistemological paradigm Africans have the right to adopt and use indigenous concepts that congruently capture and represent their ways of knowing and doing. This applies to the teaching of psychology and psychotherapy in South African universities. Their curricula should include the concept of moya, an indigenous African concept that is crucial to the understanding of psychology and psychotherapy from the African viewpoint. We adopt a critical conceptual approach to the elaboration of our thesis.

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Baloyi, L., & Ramose, M. (2016). Psychology and Psychotherapy Redefined from the Viewpoint of the African Experience. Alternation Journal, (18), 12-35. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/1352
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Lesiba Baloyi, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

lesibab@tivumbeni.com

Mogobe Bernard Ramose, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

tanella@mweb.co.za