chapter  10
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Towards an African worldview: Living holism

While the revisioning of the social structures that prevent the fulfilment of human needs undoubtedly poses a daunting task for the profession of psychology, the extent to which the structure of the discipline itself may thwart the actualisation of human potential ought, at least, to be more accessible to investigation. Whether psychology is capable of revisioning itself remains an open question. In order to work towards the application and transformation of contemporary psychology, not only on its home soil, but also on that of Africa, it is necessary, in addition to the critical assessment of the parent discipline, to provide possible alternatives, based on indigenous African perspectives. For this purpose, the psychological dimensions underlying the belief systems and behaviour of the African people need to be investigated.