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Jeffrey Kiehl--Psychological Insights into Global Warming

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We know the science--at least some of it--too much carbon in the atmosphere; the ice is melting, sea is rising,; weather patterns are changing. But have you done anything really radical to alter your behavior to offset global warming? What about your neighbors? Why not?  Jeffrey recognizes that when one is bombarded with information about global warming/climate change, it causes trauma. We must be helped through the trauma if we are to be proactive.  He will help us explore the deep psychological roots involved with this problem, i.e., the problem of our inaction. Jungian psychology provides a unique depth perspective given its views on the structure and dynamics of the psyche. From it, we will draw on the concepts of the shadow, complexes, and the archetype of the Self. The process of individuation, the goal of which is to connect the ego to the archetype of the Self, might be a way to address global warming. In particular, he emphasizes the concept of holding the tension of opposites between a masculine and feminine view of global warming.

Jeffrey is both a climatologist (at the National Center for Atmospheric Research) and a Diplomate in Jungian Psychology, in private practice. He speaks to groups large and small about these issues.

Also see his website and blog for more information.

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