The responsibility of communicating difficult truths about climate influenced societal disruption and collapse: an introduction to psychological research

Kieft, Jasmine and Bendell, Jem (2021) The responsibility of communicating difficult truths about climate influenced societal disruption and collapse: an introduction to psychological research. Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) Occasional Papers Volume 7. University of Cumbria, Ambleside, UK.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper presents a review of psychology research that can help people begin to assess the different ways they can responsibly support each other to talk about their thoughts and feelings on their perceptions of societal disruption and collapse, at home and abroad, due to environmental and climate change. It includes a summary of a review of published studies in psychology on matters of anticipating difficult futures, including vulnerability, disruption, disaster, suffering and mortality. The claims by both specialists and non-specialists that collapse anticipation is necessarily harmful to mental health and social engagement is shown to be theoretically and empirically weak. Instead, the research that suggests we engage each other on this upsetting topic to promote coping. It highlights the potential for that engagement to support people with processing difficult emotions and thus finding more pro-social and pro-environmental ways of responding to societal disturbances. The research is preceded by an extended foreword which locates this literature review in the context of the growing fields of collapsology and deep adaptation.

Item Type: Report
Publisher: University of Cumbria
Departments: Departments > Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership > IFLAS
Depositing User: Christian Stretton
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2021 10:06
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2021 09:30
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5950

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