Critical psychology is a perspective on psychology that draws extensively on critical theory. Critical psychology challenges mainstream psychology [clarification needed] and attempts to apply psychological understandings in more progressive ways, often looking towards social change as a means of preventing and treating psychopathology.
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Critical psychologists believe conventional psychology fails to consider how power differences between social classes and groups can impact an individual's or a group's mental and physical well-being. Conventional psychology does this, in part, by explaining behavior at the individual level.