May 16, 2020
In a follow-up to a conference on Ecological Madness in 1992 (one of the first conferences to bring a psychoanalytic perspective to this global issue), 28 years later, the Freud Museum will be asking: Can psychoanalysis help save the planet? Renée Lertzman will be joined by notable psychoanalysts, activists, authors and young poets who have been invited to explore the psychological impact of the climate emergency in the consulting room and beyond. Many people feel helpless, anxious, guilty, angry, melancholic, and even fatigued from the constant flow of information; more and more people are said to be suffering from “climate anxiety”. In many parts of the world populations are not only suffering anxiety about the future but from the traumatic impact of ongoing environmental catastrophes. Renée Lertzman – Abstract From Paralysis to Reparation: Accessing our Capacity to Care At this moment, humans are undergoing a collective awakening. The seismic ripples are activating new movements, from XR and young climate strikers, to corporate leadership. We now know enough to grasp the magnitude and scale of our planetary crisis, and the implications for all life, now and deep into the future. And yet, collectively we seem to swing from paralysis to mania. The tenor is either alarm and panic, or cheerleading solutions. None of these are wholly sufficient for a global response. What are the conditions that support our capacities to move into creative, integrative and reparative response? Where we can tolerate the anxiety, fear and shame that this crisis can bring up? We look to insights within psychoanalytic fields and beyond, to surface how we as a community can effectively bring about integrated, sane responses.
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The Freud Museum exists to promote the intellectual and cultural legacies of Sigmund and Anna Freud for the learning and enjoyment of all. While caring for the house and collections, we aim to highlight the relevance of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud and psychoanalysis in the contemporary world.