From:  "Andrew Phelps" <>


Subject:  Re: [psysr-disc] Mindfulness and positive psychology at odds with critical psychology and social responsibility

Date:  Thursday, January 3, 2019 1:53 PM



In 1968 I met with Marc Pilisuk, then Assistant Prof. of Psychology at U.C. Berkeley. He told me he had dropped out of the "positive psychology" group then dominating the "Radical Therapy" direction in community psychology there - too much "violence."

Later Marc helped set in motion the "socially responsible" group PsySR in an effort to transform the paradigm, one consequence of which was separating from "positive psychology" and finding how to link with Mindfulness. Myself, I studied for a year under the Burmese mindfulness instructor U Silinanda, and he made the distinctions completely clear.

On Thu, 1/3/19, Lpt wrote:

Hi Ijk,

Yes, here you go:  LINK to   The Humanist Psychologist, Volume 36, 2008, Issue #2

All my best, Lpt

On Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 2:34 PM Ijk wrote:

Lpt, This looks very interesting! Is the rest of the journal available on a website ..

Today, many steps later, we need to look at the role of the "positive psychology" social dynamic in a more critical way. We need to extend the present "racial injustice" advocacy, and move towards the critique of the "psychological cult dynamic" which perpetuates oppression in the frame of "behavioral health."

And thank you Lpt and Krg and many others for bringing forward elements of that concern.



Andrew Phelps