The Psychological Imperative in Political Processes in Nigeria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Agbude GA
Lecturer, College of Leadership Development Studies
School of Human Resource Development
Department of Political Science and International Relations
Covenant University, Ota Ogun State, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: November 14, 2014 Accepted Date: June 30, 2015 Published Date: July 06, 2015
Citation: Agbude GA, Ayotunde E, Godwyns-Agbude J (2015) The Psychological Imperative in Political Processes in Nigeria. Arts Social Sci J 6:105. doi:10.4172/2151-6200.1000105
Copyright: © 2015 Agbude GA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The nature of politics involves the coordination of peaceful human co-existence. Given its central place in human existence, politics has a great importance in fostering a better living condition of the people. But when wrongly pursued and exercised, political power becomes a destructive tool in the hands of political leaders.
In view of this importance, it becomes an imperative to subject those vying for political positions to psychological (personality) test in order to validate their fitness and usefulness in ensuring the purpose of politics which among others includes the coordination of human society.
This paper employs observatory, dialogical and discursive methods in examining the interlock between Politics and Psychology. It highlights some abnormal behaviors displayed by our political leaders and argues that the withdrawer of Psychology and Psychologists to the background in political matters in Nigeria spells doom for the country at large.
Thus, it recommends that there must be a deliberate fusion of politics (Political Science) and Psychology, beyond mere referencing them as belonging to the Social Sciences. In other words, there must be a deliberate intellectual merger of politics and psychology within the university system and the public sphere. It also recommends that Psychologists should get involved in national discourse not just as citizens but also as professionals who could provide answers to national issues especially in regards to analyzing the behaviors of political leaders and determining who and who are fit to lead. Finally, it holds that the civil society and Psychologists have a viable role to play in redressing the socio-political “madness” in the corridor of power in Nigeria.