THE USEFULNESS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORY OF DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITY BUILDING

THE USEFULNESS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORY OF DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITY BUILDING

The Psychological Theory of Development is basically an economic theory that aims for modernization, industrialization and economic development. The psychological aspect about this theory is its recognition of the importance of people’s motivations, values and feelings behind that drive to succeed or to pursue economic growth. It puts emphasis on the human being not merely as objects but as subjects. Human beings are the prime movers of our social technology needed to address our social problems. We can use their motivation not just for economic growth but for the betterment of the whole community. Achievement is not just measured by one’s economic status in life. It encompasses the whole range of human conditions.

PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORY OF DEVELOPMENT IN COMMUNITY BUILDING

Humans have a built-in design to express their overflowing emotions. People have so much more to offer. For example, they can volunteer their time, energy and pour out their emotions to do work for causes close to their hearts. Their overflowing feelings can be channeled to other outlets. We have to create positive venues or outlets for these emotions. We can mobilize volunteer groups in the community catering to different issues and concerns and each person can donate his time, skills and energy to a cause he or she believes in. There can be counseling, teaching, environmental and cultural groups. There can also be programs for individual wellness. The psychological theory of development embraces diversity and works toward collaboration and community strengths. It is where people get to do things they love and enjoy doing and they are relieved of the stresses of everyday life. People see their worth and see the goodness around them. It is about spreading the positive energy around. From here on, we can also make use of the psycho-social approach as one of the means to address other problems in the community. Thus in caring and nurturing for others and the environment, we ourselves are also healed. Together we can bring about social transformation and development in the community.