For individuals, but also for families, groups, institutions communities and our societies as a whole, it is important to develop resilience and to address other risks and challenges just as seriously.
We must not lose sight of the United Nations development goals. We cannot simply accept climate catastrophes and violations of human rights, even in the light of the current pandemic. Psychology is committed to human dignity, to a life in freedom and self-determination. Psychological competencies help to assume responsibility as responsible citizens. Psychological competencies promote democracy and non-violent conflict resolution. And at the same time, psychology depends on social and democratic coexistence.
We all have a responsibility to make psychology useful. Not only for individuals, but also for society as a whole. This requires new ways of communication and decision-making. Meanwhile, virtual working is part of our everyday life. We should see it as an achievement to be able to work together quickly and efficiently within and outside the association. With this learning from the pandemic, our lives will be richer and our work more effective. In this spirit, I send warm virtual virus-free greetings and all good wishes!
Christoph Steinebach, EFPA President.