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Psychologists explain our climate change anxiety – ThinkProgress
A large part of tackling the cognitive dissonance, however, involves simply acknowledging our feelings. “[People] often experience themselves in a double bind,” said Lertzman, “where, [they think], I’m getting this message about the environment and everything that’s being presented just feels completely untenable for me. Like, ‘I have a child, what am I supposed to do? Stop using plastic for my kid’s bottle?'”

Instead of forcing shame and guilt upon people, Lertzman said a new level of compassion is needed in order to spur action. “We have this opportunity to create a space where we can actually be honest with our feelings about what’s going on and actually process what it means to be living in these times.”

This compassion can help neutralize the guilt and shame and turn it into something more constructive. “Just even from a neurological perspective,” she said, “it soothes the defense mechanism so we can actually move into that kind of, prefrontal cortex problem solving.”
climate  change  climatechange  psychology  guilt  anxiety  mental  health 
2 days ago by edmittance
What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work
Remote workers shouldn’t feel like they have to travel to lead interesting, fulfilled lives. It’s ok to prioritize friendships, community, and your mental health over traveling. It may not look as glamorous on Instagram, but you may end up a lot happier for it.
work  health  remote  mental  business 
7 days ago by tsanzer
Instagram worst app for young people's mental health - CNN
""Because platforms like Instagram and Facebook present highly curated versions of the people we know and the world around us. It is easy for our perspective of reality to become distorted," she said. "Socializing from behind a screen can also be uniquely isolating, obscuring mental health challenges even more than usual."
Green added that it is important we lay the groundwork now to minimize potential harm as the first generation of social media users become adults. "
social  media  mental  health  pictures  life 
12 days ago by ssam

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