The Psychology of Decision Makers, Professionals and the Elite is part of “the system”
To respond rationally to a crisis of the magnitude that humanity faces requires a common understanding of what is happening and widespread agreement of what must be done. Unfortunately a number of features of the psychology of the elite will not make this easy to achieve. Although people think about “personality” as features of “individuals”, certain personality traits, and group responses by those who manage the rest of us, are very common and arise from the very experience and existence of the inequality of power relationships. …
The Management of Everyday life goes into crisis – mental health consequences
As we will show later in this article, this has enormous knock-on implications for the provision of essential goods and services as well as in the management of everyday life. The mental health implications then arise out of the way this undermines routine arrangements for living, as well as preventing the realisation of what people have chosen as their life purposes. These are the things that motivate them and what they aspire to. The resulting emotions include frustration, anger, fear and confusion too. The limits to economic growth, …
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