It’s not news that Americans think they have a handle on what is right in the fields of psychiatry and psychology. It’s also not news that what occurs in America – will ripple across the pond to Europe as multiple personalities and Dissociative Identity Disorder have over the past 20 years.
Unfortunately, this abstract does not address what the author proposes we do about American psychological isolationism. Do you have ideas?
American psychological isolationism
by Eric Luis Uhlmann
Review of General Psychology, Vol 16(4), Dec 2012, 381-390. doi: 10.1037/a0027702
The United States possesses a distinctive cultural mindset characterized by a lack of regard for and even lack of awareness of the perspectives of other countries, coupled with a passionate desire to spread American values throughout the world.
We term this mindset American psychological isolationism.
Like American moral values more generally, this psychological outlook has its roots in America’s unique religious and cultural history.
The American Puritans‘ religious zeal contributes to America’s ideological self-certainty and lack of regard for the values of others. At the same time, America’s sense of divine mission in spreading its values, whether other countries like it or not, is traceable to the Puritans’ view of themselves as a “shining city on a hill” destined to save all the world.