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Sun ripening what can happen when we engage with climate change?

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Sun ripening what can happen when we engage with climate change?

  1. 1. Sun  Ripening:     What  can  happen  when  we  engage   with  climate  change     Sally  Gillespie  
  2. 2. Stage  One:  Magical  Consciousness:   Marked  by  feelings  of  powerlessness  to  awful  forces  beyond  one’s   control.  No  ac;on,  conforming,  resigna;on  to  fate.   Stage  Two:  Naïve  Consciousness:   Socio-­‐poli;cal  problems  conceived  in  individualis;c  terms  (self  or   oppressor),  fuelling  strategies  of  naming  and  blaming.  Fragmented   understandings  of  causes.  Focus  on  reforming  of  self  or  other.   Stage  Three:  Cri=cal  Consciousness   Problems  can  be  analysed  as  systemic,  suppor;ng  empathe;c   processes  of  self-­‐actualisa;on  and  collec;ve  ac;on.  Reflect  on   own  collusion.   Conscien(sa(on-­‐  Paolo  Freire
  3. 3. Stage  One:  The  emergence  of  ego  consciousness     Undifferen;ated  awareness  gives  ways  to  the  polarising  views  of  self   and  other  (i.e  “me”  /“not-­‐me”,  “good/”bad”)  as  ego  emerges  as  the   centre  of  personal  iden;ty  and  choices.  Growth  of  self-­‐image   Stage  Two:  The  aliena=on  of  ego  consciousness   Psychological  disturbances  arise  out  of  the  strains  of  maintaining  one-­‐ sided  aLtudes.  Cycles  of  infla;on  and  depression.  Growth  of  self-­‐ awareness  as  consciousness  opens  to  psychic  forces  beyond  ego.   Stage  Three:  The  rela=viza=on  of  ego  consciousnes   Ego  is  perceived  as  a  cons;tuent  of  a  larger  life  process  and   consciousness  (“the  Self”)  which  facilitates  a  greater  moral  awareness   and  a  rela;onal  way  of  being.  Integra;on  of  some  unconscious  aspects.       Individua(on  -­‐  Carl  Jung  
  4. 4. Individua=on   •  Emergence  of  Ego   Repression  of  and  spliLng  off   from  unconscious  elements.  Ego   shaped  by  condi;oning.   •  Aliena=on  of  Ego   Fluctua;ng  emo;ons  as   unconscious  elements   breakthrough.     •  Rela=visa=on  of  Ego   Withdrawal  of  projec;ons.   Genuine  relatedness  and   empathy.  Expanded  viewpoint.   Conscien=sa=on   •  Magical  Consciousness   Fatalis;c,  conformist,  non-­‐ac;on.   Feelings  of  powerlessness.   •  Naïve  Consciousness   Blaming  and  shaming  of  self  and   others.  Reforming  ac;on.   •  Cri=cal  Consciousness   Self-­‐actualisa;on  and  collec;ve   ac;on  to  transform  system.   Empathic  understanding    
  5. 5. Recommended  Reading   Alshuler,  L.  The  Psychopoli-cs  of  Libera-on   Buzzell,  L.  &  Chalquist,  C.  Ecotherapy:  Healing  with  Nature  in  Mind   Macy,  J.    &  Johnstone,  C.  Ac-ve  Hope:  How  to  face  the  mess  we  are  in  without   going  crazy   Marshall,  Jonathan  (Ed)  Depth  Psychology,  Disorder  and  Climate  Change   (available  through  www.lulu.com)   Murphy,  Susan  Minding  the  Earth,  Mending  the  World   Rust,  M-­‐J  &  To[on,  N.  Vital  Signs:  Psychological  Responses  to  Ecological  Crisis   Watkins,  M.  &  Shulman  H.    Towards  Psychologies  of  Libera-on  

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