Climate Change, Social Dreaming and Art: Thinking the Unthinkable

  • Julian ManleyEmail author
  • Wendy Hollway
Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)


This chapter discusses collaborative research into the psychological experience of activists engaged with climate issues. Its depth psychological approach highlights unconscious dynamics occurring within, and between, participants of ongoing group discussions. Dream sharing within these discussions helped participants to explore what they habitually censored, marginalised or overlooked in their negotiation of the complex and disruptive aspects of climate change. Through the research process, participants identified contradictory desires and conflicts, re-examined core values, confronted existential anxieties, and worked through the emotions of profound change, helping to develop maturity and resilience. These outcomes suggest the need for open and respectful dialogues around climate issues which can examine deep-seated assumptions in non-threatening ways while encouraging the commonality of whom we are and where we are to emerge.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Central LancashireEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Open UniversityHebden BridgeUK

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