Black psychology (also called African psychology) is an African cosmological lens applied to social or psychological phenomena. This is approached from two perspectives:
The first perspective considers these concepts and theories as universal, which means that the lens is appropriate in studying all human beings, not just those of African heritage. This approach was embodied in early efforts by Black scholars to challenge the assumption that African Americans were inferior. Over time, it grew to also incorporate the history and the experiences of African Americans, exploring it in a ways considered superior to the traditional models of White psychologists.
The second perspective, the Africentric scholar approach, considers the lens as only appropriate when applied to people of African descent.
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