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The active citizen to salvage our persecuted earth: a need for psychodynamic explorations

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This article is a narrative about the role of active citizen in identity formation. Building on Shapiro from recent publications of Organisational and Social Dynamics, the author invites reflections into our persecutory unconscious, and argues that this is the root cause behind the worldwide environmental disasters that have become our lived experience today. This article reveals to us the impact of terraforming of the Americas, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the consequent solastalgia we experience, that is to say, the psychological distress caused by environmental devastation. Ending with a list of initiatives to mitigate the disasters that mankind has inflicted on earth's mega-systems, this article is an appeal to psychoanalysts and psychodynamic thinkers and practitioners to activate their citizen role and come together in our global platforms to raise awareness.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2023

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  • Organisational and Social Dynamics is a forum for the publication of theoretical and applied papers that are relevant and accessible to an international readership; and, one where writers from psychoanalytic, group relations, and systems perspectives can address emerging issues in organisations and societies throughout the world.

    It aims to sustain a creative tension between scientific rigour and popular appeal, both developing conversations with the professional and social scientific world and opening up these conversations to practitioners and reflective citizens everywhere. We wish to attract manuscripts from contributors who are aware of their own values, suppositions and assumptions, the influence of counter-transference in their work, whatever form it takes, and the ability to connect the internal world of individuals and groups with societal and global processes.
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