Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo


  • David Pavón-Cuéllar
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_105


The notion of “exteriority” may be useful in critical psychology when it refers to something considered crucial, even the most crucial, but which would nevertheless remain outside an institutional, cultural, theoretical, ideological, or psychical “interiority” that is presupposed, conveyed, produced, or reproduced by psychology. This interiority may consist in that of the economic or political system, legitimate intellectual environments or academic institutions, Western civilization or dominant ideologies and hegemonic perspectives, conventional or noncritical psychological theories, and, especially, what such theories would be capable of knowing, envisaging, describing, and explaining, for instance, the contents of consciousness as opposed to the unconscious, the inner world as separated from the outer world, and the individual psyche as independent from society, history, and the economic system.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de HidalgoMoreliaMexico