Hostile and Favorable Societal Climates for Self-Change: Some Lessons for Policymakers

  • Harald Klingemann
  • Justyna Klingemann

When individuals vote, decide on what to wear or what to eat, they do not do so in a societal vacuum; rather, their actions are influenced and affected by society’s values, trends, commercials, and campaigns. From our daily experience, it seems plausible that social and cognitive processes are intertwined. However, in the area of natural recovery research, decisional processes of selfchange are often viewed as occurring mainly within the individual or from interactions between individuals. This is not surprising given the importance of clinical psychology and psychiatry in this area as well as the methodological difficulties in measuring society’s impact on individual behavior.


Pathological Gambling Addictive Behavior Natural Recovery Alcohol Policy Geriatric Rehabilitation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald Klingemann
    • 1
  • Justyna Klingemann
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Zaklad Badan nad Alkoholizmem i Toksykomaniami Instytut Psychiatrii i NeurologiiPolska

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