A New Psychology Based on Community, Equality, and Care of the Earth
An Indigenous American Perspective
by Arthur W. Blume
April 2020, 261pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6925-9
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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Imagine how different psychology would be if it began with the assumption that the self is not the center of the behavioral universe.

Explains Native American psychology and how its unique perspectives on mind and behavior can bring a focus to better heal individual, social, and global disorders.

Psychology is a relatively new discipline, with foundations formed narrowly and near-exclusively by white, European males. But in this increasingly diverse nation and world, those foundations filled with implicit bias are too narrow to best help our people and society, says author Arthur Blume, a fellow of the American Psychological Association. According to Blume, a narrowly based perspective prevents “out-of-the-box” thinking, research, and treatment that could well power greater healing and avoidance of disorders.

In this text, Blume explains the Native American perspective on psychology, detailing why that needs to be incorporated as a new model for this field. A Native American psychologist, he contrasts the original culture of psychology’s creators—as it includes individualism, autonomy, independence, and hierarchal relationships—with that of Native Americans in the context of communalism, interdependence, earth-centeredness, and egalitarianism. As Blume explains, psychological happiness is redefined by the reality of our interdependence rather than materialism and individualism, and how we do things becomes as important as what we accomplish.


  • Includes a glossary of Native American concepts and terms
  • Explains the Indigenous American view of creation as community, humans’ place in the social order as one of equal partnership, and the importance of connection to the earth, relationships, spirituality, sacredness, and the place of cultural humility
  • Describes cultural myths that permeate contemporary psychology
  • Details how the vestiges of colonialism traumatized people, contributed to health disparities, and left people divided, in addition to damaging the planet
  • Illustrates how oppression victimizes both oppressor and the oppressed
Arthur W. Blume, PhD, an Indigenous American psychologist and scholar, is professor of clinical psychology at Washington State University and a past president of the Society of Indian Psychologists. He has been honored with the Joseph E. Trimble and Jewell E. Horvat Award for Distinguished Contributions to Native and Indigenous Psychology, a Rockefeller Foundation Academic Writing Fellowship, an appointment as President's Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Center for Alaska Native Health Research, and as an American Psychological Association fellow. He has served as an associate editor of the journals Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and Addictive Behaviors.


2021 Choice Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, December 1, 2021


"Highly recommended. All readers."—Choice, January 1, 2021

"Dr. Blume is a talented writer who creates his work not merely as an author but as a witness to immutable, ageless knowledge and contemporary applications. He leads us on a challenging journey of understanding from ancient belief systems, through colonialism and its consequences for psychopathology, to an Indigenous American Psychological Paradigm redefining mental health, well-being and happiness. Dr. Blume has given us a gift that will enlighten, will inspire, and is deeply transformative in engaging and exciting ways."—Gayle Skawen:nio Morse, PhD, professor, Russell Sage College

"Dr. Blume has beautifully articulated the historical tenets of colonialism and the present-day ramifications in the field of psychology. This book offers the gift of an indigenous perspective to the reader. It provides a well-formulated analysis of the colonial assumptions embedded within psychology and how this invariably manifests in practical application at every level. In addition to the well-defined elaboration on the differences between the colonial and the indigenous worldviews, readers gain an understanding of the practical application of both. Dr. Blume provides much-needed discourse on the underpinnings of our thinking processes as it relates to well-being and success and the fallacy of how those have been linked to acquisition in the colonial paradigm. Taking it one step further, he explains how colonial psychology may contribute to the very conditions it claims to remedy. Dr. Blume addresses the importance of an indigenous perspective to our world and our responsibilities in it. A comprehensive paradigm of the Indigenous American perspective of psychology is provided. He contrasts this to the current colonial perspective of psychology and lays bare the repercussions of clinging to the existing colonial model through a thoughtful analysis of the impact to individuals, communities, and to our world. This work provides the foundation for the reader to understand both the indigenous perspective of psychology, but also the current psychology under which we have been trained and function, along with the assumptions inherent to it. Dr. Blume offers a rare and beautiful paradigm shift that opens the door to the potential transformative role psychologists could play in our society. I believe this book has a broad and transcultural applicability to the multiple readers, and is a must-read for both students of psychology as well as seasoned psychologists." —Margaret Smith, Psy.D., director of clinical training / full professor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana
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