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Posted on Nov 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

“Indigenous Filipino Values: A Foundation for a Culture of Non-Violence”

Here is a webpage with not only a short description of Katrin de Guia’s paper on “Indigenous Filipino Values: A Foundation for a Culture of Non-Violence” but also a description of Sikolohiyang Pilipino:

Sikolohiyang Pilipino is a psychology of, about and for the Philippine people. As kapwa psychology, it is an orientation— an enduring worldview that links to the cultural heritage of indigenous Filipino people and their IKSP (Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices). As liberation psychology it is an academic discipline— representative for a new awareness of Asian psychology. As a movement, Sikolohiyang Pilipino maintains institutes of Filipino language, history, art, religion, as well as field stations and outreach programs in many parts of the country and at campuses around the world.
The academic discipline Sikolohiyang Pilipino  is a break-through for world psychology. A response to non-western critique over the Anglo-American dominance in the international academe, this discipline is the first indigenous psychology ever taught at a university. As social science program, it offers theories, concepts, field methods, culture-appropriate research paradigms and a literature on indigenous Filipino topics in psychology. Most of these texts are available in the vernacular, but even in German and English. The new discipline aims to balance prevailing uncritical dependence on US-centric educational models in studying Philippine/ Aian social realities.

Sikolohiyang Pilipino is rooted in the history, language, arts, and common experience of a people of the Malay-Polynesian and Asian heritage. As such, it affirms the native history, values and characteristics of a region, and develops theories, concepts and methods with the Filipino culture as source. The emerging culture-fair models are then tried, tested and compared with standard theories and methods in psychology. They are altered or adjusted, as new aspects are realized.
Psychology, as presented by the proponents of Sikolohiyang Pilipino  is a multi-faceted human science. It accommodates the findings from the academic-scientific psychologies of industrialized nations and the clerical psychology of the academic-philosophical schools. However, it enlarges this scope by including ethnic psychology and oral traditions, for example the ancestral psycho-medical systems which are rooted in religious experience. The discipline further considers Filipino art (traditional and contemporary) and the findings from the fields of anthropology, history, humanities, linguistics, sociology, and more, as sources for psychological knowledge.

Please visit this link for more: “Indigenous Filipino Values: A Foundation for a Culture of Non-Violence”

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