HomePhilippine Journal of Psychologyvol. 35 no. 1 and 2 (2002)

The Filipino Psychologist and the World of Psychology

Abraham I. Felipe

Discipline: Psychology



My talk this morning will revolve around a few simple questions regarding the geophysics, as it were, of the world of psychology. These questions spring from a desire to determine our location, as Filipino psychologists, in that world. The basic question is, where is Philippine psychology in the world of psychology? To answer we will have to ask, how can it be located there? In other words, what are the reference points for locating a point in it? To understand the specific Philippine situation, what are the reference points for locating a position in the Philippine psychological world? To evaluate the Philippine location in the world of psychology, do the reference points in it and the reference points in the Philippine psychology tally? If they do not tally and we want to understand, what are the reasons for the discrepancy? If they do not tally and we want to decide future directions, should they be made to tally? In this Sixth Annual National Convention of our Association, it is an opportune time for us to raise these questions which, I am sure, we have asked ourselves at one time or another before. Our Association has shown viability in its six years of existence and some inner strength to be able to confront now these questions. It has also demonstrated a very vigorous desire to grow and to find a place in the world of psychology. All these suggest to me that it is our obligation to ourselves and to each other that we talk about our future and our life openly.