Staring into the Freud

“It may be impossible to seriously consider the reality of climate change for longer than ninety seconds without feeling depressed, angry, guilty, grief-stricken, or simply insane.” So it makes sense that the topic has become a mainstay of modern therapy sessions. These days, it wouldn’t surprise me if psychoanalysts needed a couch for themselves. Jia Tolentino in The New Yorker: What to Do with Climate Emotions. (I usually burn mine in a coal plant or melt them down with a bunch of plastic bottles.) Eventually things will normalize and people will go back to using psychology to complain about their parents … mostly for destroying the environment.

+ For your next therapy session, you might want to discuss trapped drivers having to swim from their cars during floods in the Northeast or the extreme heat set to smother the South from Arizona to Florida.

+ If you’re seeing a behaviorist, they might suggest air travel, where you can experience stress and climate change in realtime. Clear-air turbulence is becoming more frequent and more intense as the atmosphere warms.

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