This is an essay I submitted for one of my lectures which I was quite proud of, the result of an obsessive look into macro-level societal phenomena from the spread of AIDS to the encroachment of the internet on human mental well-being, much of which had little to do with the module material. My lecturer liked it anyway.
Modern times have brought about the advent of the field of global health, which has an interdisciplinary focus on collaborative research and practice aimed towards achieving worldwide equity in health outcomes (Koplan et al., 2009). Traditionally, psychology has been a field concerned with the scientific study of the minds of individuals and groups of people, just as microeconomics studies the behaviour of individual consumers, firms and industries. To be of use to the field of global health, a psychology akin to macroeconomics must develop that can scientifically study broader trends in human psychology across cultures and globally, just as macroeconomics studies international and global economic trends (MacLachlan, 2014). This psychology can be described as macropsychology, in contrast to traditional psychology. What would a macropsychology to promote global health look like? Continue reading