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Developing a Progressive Vision for Society

We live in troubled times: COVID-19, police racism and climate change are just some of the challenges we are currently facing. Never has there been such a need for a new politic – nor such an opportunity for one.

To create a world in which people thrive, we need to know what thriving is. Over the past century, psychotherapy – and its parent discipline, psychology – has built up a rich, vibrant and highly practical understanding of human wellbeing and distress. This book shows why we need, and can create, a progressive politics that is profoundly informed by insights from the psychotherapeutic and psychological domain, moving us from a politics of blame to a politics of understanding.

In this vision of the world – surrounded by a culture of radical acceptance – all individuals can live fulfilling lives. We need progressive political forces to develop greater understandings of psychological needs and processes; and to work with others in a spirit of collaboration, dialogue and respect.

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colour, women, children, people with disabilities, refugees, people of minoritised sexual orientations, and animals), and the promotion of financial equality (by, for instance, fairer systems of taxation, tackling poverty, and the establishment of a universal basic income). Similarly, promotion of universally owned public services (in, for instance, health, education, housing, and social care) helps to ensure that resources are shared equally across citizens; while the decentralisation of decision-making to local groups helps to empower at the community level of

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