Indigenous psychology draws on the oldest continuing knowledge systems but remains largely ignored by dominant Western psychological theories and practices. This exclusion results in ongoing negative effects on Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing and requires urgent decolonization efforts.
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Dudgeon, P., Bray, A. & Walker, R. Embracing the emerging Indigenous psychology of flourishing. Nat Rev Psychol 2, 259–260 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s44159-023-00176-x