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Can depth psychology contribute to securing the place of a green agenda at the heart of mainstream politics? Andrew argues that to do this requires a dialling down or reduction in the certitude with which climate activists communicate, and a less condemnatory attitude to human civilisation, especially in our cities. As a therapist, Andrew has made contact with Extinction Rebellion and this has influenced the way in which his thinking has developed since first writing about ‘the environment’ in 1989. The talk confronts people with the idea that many may secretly want to perish in an apocalypse despite their conscious political engagements and actions.
Speaker: Andrew Samuels
Andrew Samuels is a Jungian analyst well known internationally for his work at the place where “therapy thinking” and politics meet. He is a key figure in the Analysis and Activism project within the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Earlier, he was one of the two founders of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility. He was the elected chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. A professor, activist and consultant, his many books (translated into 22 languages) include Jung and the Post-Jungians(1985), The Political Psyche (1993), A New Therapy for Politics? (2016). Routledge brought out his Selected Works in 2017. His website features ‘Andrew’s Rants’, short spontaneous videos that often excite discussion and controversy:www.andrewsamuels.com[Updated 2019]