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Cultural-Historical Psychology

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Paradigm of Intelligence as a factor of Political Control 1203

Pervez T., PhD in Psychology, Research officer & instructor at the National University of Science and Technology (Pakistan), Mansehra, Pakistan
Kazmi F.S., PhD in Psychology, Assistant professor at the Hazara University, Manserha (Pakistan), Mansehra, Pakistan
Present study reviews the misuse of the paradigm of intelligence in past and present era by power holding classes and nations for the exploitation and political control over minorities and underdeveloped nations. Historically weak nations, minority groups and poor social classes have been exploited emotionally, physically, politically, culturally and as well as intellectually. Colonial powers propagated themselves intellectually superior and culturally developed, using the latest development in social sciences as a weapon to control the minds and the consciousness of the colonized people. Paradigm of Intelligence has logical basis but it was misused with false and subjective evidences, based on invalid and unreliable intelligence tests. Analysis indicates that psychological tests are still being used inappropriately. Many countries are just translating and using Western norms based tests for various academic and clinical purposes by ignoring their own cultural and national traditions. Socially suppressed individuals and minority people, grown up in restricted and conflicted culture, have a tendency to escape from un-essential tasks. They develop a specific hostility, which leads them to reject academic and intellectual achievements. Individual differences are a real phenomenon but intelligence tests are not able to measure complete mental faculties of human beings. It is necessary to be careful while administering the intelligence tests on the individuals from low SES strata.

Keywords: Paradigm of Intelligence, Exploitation, Underdeveloped Country, Colonial Countries, Social Classes, Will to Power, Psychological Testing.

Column: Theory and Methodology

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