Globalization, culture and psychology

Int Rev Psychiatry. 2014 Oct;26(5):538-43. doi: 10.3109/09540261.2014.918873.


This article outlines the cultural and psychological effects of globalization. It looks at the impact of globalization on identity; ideas of privacy and intimacy; the way we understand and perceive psychological distress; and the development of the profession of psychology around the world. The article takes a critical perspective on globalization, seeing it as aligned with the spread of neoliberal capitalism, a tendency towards cultural homogenization, the imposition of dominant 'global north' ideas and the resultant growing inequalities in health and well-being. However, it also argues that the increased interconnectedness created by globalization allows for greater acknowledgement of our common humanity and for collective efforts to be developed to tackle what are increasingly global problems. This requires the development of more nuanced understandings of cultural differences and of indigenous psychologies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Culture*
  • Humans
  • Internationality*
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Psychology / standards*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*