Psychoanalysis and Ecology
The Unconscious and the Environment
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This book presents the psychoanalyst with the question of how our enormously modified environmental conditions determine our subjective mental changes, and vice versa.
The gravity of the environmental crisis is amply clear and yet, in the face of such incontrovertible evidence, there is an emotional, more than cognitive, difficulty in comprehending the present reality and its future consequences. In understanding the collective imagination as permeating the individual one and vice versa, this book investigates this relationship of mutual co-determination between the individual traumatic stories told and experienced in the consulting room and the positive or negative environmental attitudes exhibited by the patients. The pairing of clinical vignettes with dispatches from the collective imagination sheds light on the confused affective investments and anxieties that propel pathological defences such as negation, suppression, intellectualization, displacement, and disavowal. The final chapter concludes with notes on the role of hope in a damaged world and the importance of integrity within the psychoanalytic field and beyond.
This book will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists, as well as anthropologists, environmentalists, and ecologists.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Brief Notes on the Main Steps to Oppose the Climate Emergency 3. Us and the Environment 4. Freud and the Environment 5. Psychoanalysis and the Environmental Crisis 6. Waste 7. Wastefulness 8. Light and Noise Pollution 9. From the Individual to the Social 10. The Work-Health Balance Conflict 11. Servants of the Future
Cosimo Schinaia is a psychiatrist in private practice in Genoa, Italy. He is the Director of the Mental Health Department of Central Genoa and is the author of several books and articles.