Human Security Psychology: A Linking Construct for an Eclectic Discipline

Darrin Hodgetts*, Veronica Hopner, Stuart Carr, Daniel Bar-Tal, James H. Liu, Raymond Saner, Lichia Yiu, John Horgan, Rosalind H. Searle, Gustavo Massola, Moh A. Hakim, Leo Marai, Pita King, Fathali Moghaddam

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Since its inception as a modern and evolving discipline, psychology has been concerned with issues of human security. This think piece offers an initial conceptualisation of human security as a broad security concept that encompasses a range of interrelated dimensions that have been responded to by different sub-disciplinary domains within psychology. We advance an argument for a human security psychology as a connecting focal point for general psychology that enables us to bring knowledge from across our eclectic discipline into further dialogue. This is a necessary step in understanding better the state of current thinking on the psychology of security and as a basis for informing further theory, research and practice efforts to address issues of human (in)security. This initial effort is informed by Assemblage Theory, which offers a dynamic and contextually rich perspective on people as agentive beings entangled within evolving natural and social formations that can foster or undermine their experiences of [in]security. The article is completed with a brief agenda for advancing human security psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-193
Number of pages17
JournalReview of General Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2023


  • Human security
  • assemblage
  • general
  • interconnected self
  • psychology
  • risk


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