An article published on the website of the International Psychoanalytic Association.
Here is David Wasdell (2014), Head of the Gaia Project, giving voice to a 21st Century dream of taking care. He was speaking on the centenary of Martin Luther King’s death: “I have a dream: That humanity will break out of its state of denial and find the courage to face the harsh reality of […]
Not enough attention is being paid to how climate news is likely to leave us feeling, and this matters greatly. When we feel unsupported we find it harder to bear climate news in a way that helps us live with it, and we are more likely to jump between alarmism and denial. On disavowal […]
In this talk on climate change I’ll start with a personal story. This spring my husband and I installed solar energy at home. I experienced a moment of shock and shame when, feeling pleased it was up and running, I asked myself why did it take us so long to do this? American Psychoanalytical Association […]
My subject is disavowal, currently the most common form of denial of climate change. We commonly think of disavowal as turning a blind eye to a disturbing truth, or ignoring it. With disavowal, we don’t deny the reality; rather we find ways to live with it that cause us the least emotional disturbance. In a […]
This hour long programme on climate change, produced by Jens Ergon, features Zigmunt Bauman, Sally Weintrobe and on our denial of its seriousness.
…This week Ian McMillan examines the language of polemic with guests Hari Kunzru, Owen Jones, Matthew Elliott, Sally Weintrobe and John Kinsella.…
Psychoanalysts have a checkered past when it comes to speaking up on social issues. We have been rightly criticised when applying knowledge from ‘I’ to ‘we’ in reductionist or ahistorical ways. Also, I think we have not sufficiently appreciated just how much help the averagely open and curious person needs to understand our concepts as […]
Polly Higgins, in framing ecocide as a war crime, bursts the gargantuan bubble of complacency that allows us to maintain the fiction that we are living in a time of peace. We are living in the midst of a violent war being waged against Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. And, we are turning a […]
Psychoanalyst Sally Weintrobe talks to Laurie Taylor about denial of climate change, a central topic in a new book she has edited, Engaging with Climate Change. They’re joined by Paul Hogget, Professor of Politics at the University of the West of England and psychotherapist, one of the contributors to the book. Paul Hoggett and Sally […]