MLK and Maladjustment

Interesting article about Martin Luther King Jr. and a speech he gave to the American Psychological Association Martin Luther King Jr and the psychology of creative maladjustment 

Here’s an excerpt:

“Always be maladjusted” — Most powerfully, Martin Luther King said: “There are some things in our society, some things in our world, to which we … must always be maladjusted if we are to be people of good will. We must never adjust ourselves to racial discrimination and racial segregation. We must never adjust ourselves to religious bigotry.
“We must never adjust ourselves to economic conditions that take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. We must never adjust ourselves to the madness of militarism, and the self-defeating effects of physical violence. … There comes a time when one must take a stand that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular. But one must take it because it is right…”


Here is his full speech King’s challenge to the nation’s social scientists on the APA website.

One comment on “MLK and Maladjustment

  1. Reminds me of when James Hilman gave up psychotherapy in 1990, or thereabouts, saying that he had no business helping people feel better, that we should be feeling depressed and anxious. We said the same sort of thing when we stopped teaching Buddhadharma in the way wee had a year or two ago.

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