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The Climate Psychologist

Emotions

Leading the Public into Emergency Mode: A New Strategy for the Climate Movement


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Allies! I am very pleased to share my new paper with you. Available as an Illustrated PDF or Text Only– below What Leaders of the Climate Movement are saying about “Leading the Public into Emergency Mode” With unique skills as…

“Moral Power for Climate Action” Video from Climate Collaborative


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This is a Climate Psychologist milestone! While I have, until now, posted only original content, this video, by Climate Collaborative provides a fantastic reason to change it up. Moral Power for Climate Action From the video: “When I look at my…

Climate Change: It’s Personal. Want to be Involved in an Upcoming Facebook Group?


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Climate change is generally discussed from an objective, scientific, fact-based angle. But what of our subjective, psychological experience of climate change? What about the emotions it stirs, the relationships it alters, and the hopes and fears it inspires? To help…

Terror, Hatred, Despair, and Hope Must Co-Exist: Reflections on a Discussion with Believers in Near Term Human Extinction


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Something remarkable happened a few days ago in the Facebook Group “Global Warming Fact of the Day,” (GWFoTD) something that I think there is much to learn from, especially regarding the emotional and psychological elements of climate change. Summary of…

Best Metaphors for the Climate Crisis


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Therapists, especially of the psychoanalytic persuasion, love using metaphors in therapy. Metaphors are vivid, creative interpretations of reality that communicate on multiple levels. Like dreams, metaphors integrate rational thought with fantasy, imagery and emotion; they are simultaneously rational and irrational.…

Physical vs. Psychological Growth: The Teenage Dilemma!


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It has been interesting to read political and environmental critiques of economic growth, coming from a psychology background. Gus Speth, for example, devotes a good portion of “Bridge at the End of the World” to arguing against the doctrine of…

Update: Romm Responds!


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I am honored and thrilled to see that Joe Romm had responded to my “Couple’s Therapy” article! Romm’s work has been very meaningful to me; his work has been a cornerstone of my climate education. So seeing my banner image with…

Couple’s Therapy: Tough Love for the Feuding Naomi Klein and Joe Romm


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Reading the recent acrimony between Naomi Klein and Joe Romm reminded me of conducting therapy with couples. Here is the scenario that it reminds me of: A middle-aged married couple is distraught over their young adult son who seems relentlessly…

The Moral Imperative of Hope and the Wasteland of Climate Cynicism (W/ Glory Clip)


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Since making The Climate Psychologist public a few days ago, and publishing my article on Living in Climate Truth on Alternet, I have been extremely pleased with readers’ responses. People have engaged in several ways: commenting, emailing me, and sharing…

Meet the Other Climate Psychologists– TIME Article on the Psychology of Climate Change Denial


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Last week, TIME ran an article on the contributions that psychologists are making to understanding inaction on climate change. This is a good opportunity to acknowledge the work that other psychologists have contributed to this issue, and also to delineate…

The Emotions of Climate Change: A Guide


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The vast majority of reporting on climate change is about data and facts. Temperatures have risen by this amount, glaciers have melted by that percent, Hurricane Sandy has cost this many billion dollars of damage. This type of discussion, though…


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