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Psychological reactions to climate change run the gamut from a sense of the need for urgent action to utter denial. This paper looks at some categories of defenses that block acknowledgement of this pressing threat. It cites the work of Renee Lertzman, an analytically oriented social scientist,...
Earth is a dynamic planet, with warm and cool periods comprising its detailed climate history. We can find sudden shifts between these phases in the past; however, from the geological time scale perspective, for a transition to be abrupt, it occurs over millennia. In modern times, we are faced...
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In this essay, the author addresses the enormous challenge of coming to terms with our mental representations of the impending catastrophe associated with climate change. From the morality tale of the Biblical Flood, in which those who sinned by overindulging their instinctual pleasure were...
The notion of standing on “solid ground” is most reassuring. However, it is a myth, because we now know that the surface of the earth is composed of tectonic plates that float and move. Similarly, the notion that our climate is stable and fixed is also a myth. We now know that we are living in a...
Psychoanalytical perspectives on our responses to climate change and environmental destruction may be said to have begun with Harold Searles in 1972 and have gathered pace in recent years. All these explorations have in common a reliance on a set of conceptual ideas that were initially developed...
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