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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 
september 2018 by edmittance
Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care | how to save the world
No surprise then that we see an epidemic of acedic psychological and physical coping mechanisms: depression and anxiety disorders, addictions, attention disorders, autoimmune diseases, compulsive behaviours, self-destructive behaviours, and hoarding behaviours (the ultra-rich are furiously buying up remote islands and farmlands in the absurd belief they will provide sanctuary as economic, political and climate collapse worsens).
dave  pollard  life  climatechange  politics  culture  acedia  psychology  ptsd 
july 2018 by edmittance
Will Trump’s Slow-Mo Walkaway, World in Flames Behind Him, Finally Provoke Consequences for Planetary Arson?
Will Trump’s Slow-Mo Walkaway, World in Flames Behind Him, Finally Provoke Consequences for Planetary Arson?
trump  naomi  klein  intercept  climatechange  politics 
june 2017 by edmittance
Heathrow as Cargo Cult
In one of the manifestations of the cargo cult, islanders would build a hut in the forest and then place money inside it in the hope it would grow. Unfortunately, it often got stolen. It all sounds strangely familiar.
heathrow  tories  climatechange  politics  cargo  cult 
november 2016 by edmittance
Arguments from Global Warming Skeptics and what the science really says
RT @newforestfood: Climate sceptic arguments and what the science actually says - brilliant:
skeptic  climatechange  denial  denier  science  globalwarming  climate  environment  reference  politics 
july 2010 by edmittance
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