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Psychologists explain our climate change anxiety – ThinkProgress
A large part of tackling the cognitive dissonance, however, involves simply acknowledging our feelings. “[People] often experience themselves in a double bind,” said Lertzman, “where, [they think], I’m getting this message about the environment and everything that’s being presented just feels completely untenable for me. Like, ‘I have a child, what am I supposed to do? Stop using plastic for my kid’s bottle?'”

Instead of forcing shame and guilt upon people, Lertzman said a new level of compassion is needed in order to spur action. “We have this opportunity to create a space where we can actually be honest with our feelings about what’s going on and actually process what it means to be living in these times.”

This compassion can help neutralize the guilt and shame and turn it into something more constructive. “Just even from a neurological perspective,” she said, “it soothes the defense mechanism so we can actually move into that kind of, prefrontal cortex problem solving.”
climate  change  climatechange  psychology  guilt  anxiety  mental  health 
4 days ago
The Rise of Anti-Notifications – Member Feature Stories – Medium
Anti-notifications that solely aim at increasing engagement without providing personal value work the same way. They’re a powerful tool to increase engagement in the short-term, but they might very well be what makes the entire notification bubble burst.
design  notifications  online  community  engagement  addiction 
15 days ago
How feelings took over the world | Culture | The Guardian
Recently this spirit of warfare has been fed into civilian life as the emphasis on “real time” knowledge has become a feature of the business world, of the financial sector and the big Silicon Valley companies. The speed of knowledge and decision making becomes crucial, and public agreement is sidelined in the process. Rather than trusting experts, on the basis that they are neutral and outside the fray, we have come to rely on services that are fast, but whose public status is unclear.
ptsd  emotion  life  philosophy 
15 days ago
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children’s play area with areas for younger and older children
kids  children  bristol  walk  play  park 
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