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on 5 April 2015
By looking at denial only in its literal sense, we make a statement that everyone who is not ‘in denial’ has faced up to reality. I think these articles succeed in demonstrating the need for a far more nuanced understanding of denial, and the advantages of bringing together different disciplines to find new methods of discourse. The authors make no claim for the superiority of psychoanalytic theory over that of any other discipline: the aim is to expand our understanding of attitudes to climate change by initiating an interdisciplinary dialogue. In the preface, Weintrobe apologises for the absence of any psychologists, which is certainly an omission: in the book’s defence, climate change research in psychology often proves little more than its inability to draw a straight line between values and behaviour. But the work is still useful and the omission of psychology renders the book is incomplete as a dialogue. As an exposition of the relevance of psychoanalysis it succeeds. Each chapter offers a different theoretical perspective on our relationship with nature, the role of cultural influences, and the central concept of denial as a defence mechanism. I should mention that the book accepts as a given that climate change is real, so don’t read it if you are looking for scientific justifications, but do read it if you are frustrated by the inadequacy of our response. It is an excellent and important book, offering clear insights into the psychology behind our reluctance to engage with climate change.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 March 2013
This thought-provoking book gives interdisciplinary perspectives on the reasons for widespread denial of climate change and how psychoanalysis can help humans understand the reality of their situation.
The 23 contributors to 'Engaging With Climate Change' have produced an engrossing, enlightening and accessible book which should be of interest to the general reader as well as as psychoanalysts and climate scientists.
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on 20 October 2013
This utterly fascinating series of articles and discussion not only gives an insight into all aspects of the current climate change debate, answering many of the questions posed by pundits, not aware that any answers have been posited, but shows the relevance of psychoanalytic theory to many other issues. At the same time there is a really accessible elucidation of psychoanalytic theory. A book for those interested in climate change, the applications of psychoanalytic theory, and issues of our time. So sad that such an important book as this is not widely available and therefore not part of the wider debate. Psychoanalytic theory has so much to say about the issues facing mankind. Too expensive!
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on 3 February 2013
Read this book very quickly and really enjoyed reading it. Lots of really interesting ideas and thoughts on why people are not engaging with climate change and the reasons for denial. Definitely would recommend this as a starting place for why people do not believe in climate change.
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on 3 July 2013
Even if you regard climate change and psychoanalysis as something for others, this book has something for everyone who still likes to think for oneself. Amazing insights
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on 15 November 2014
A perfect example of the extent to which the 'soft' scientists are all over each other's work like fleas on a dog.
There is no insight in this book which starts from the assumption that anyone who does not accept the "consensus" is probably in need of psychiatric help. The author herself is on record as believing that anyone that she calls a "denier" should be criminalisied for that belief.
From the false premise that warming is (a) man-made and (b) likely to be catastrophic the book is worthless as an investigation in the psyche of anyone bar the author and her sycophantic supporters.
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