The dissociative experience: mediating the tension between people’s awareness of environmental problems and their inadequate behavioral responses

Sapiains, Rodolfo, Beeton, Robert J.S. and Walker, Iain A. (2015) The dissociative experience: mediating the tension between people’s awareness of environmental problems and their inadequate behavioral responses. Ecopsychology, 7 1: 38-47. doi:10.1089/eco.2014.0048


Author Sapiains, Rodolfo
Beeton, Robert J.S.
Walker, Iain A.
Title The dissociative experience: mediating the tension between people’s awareness of environmental problems and their inadequate behavioral responses
Journal name Ecopsychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1942-9347
Publication date 2015-03-24
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/eco.2014.0048
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 38
End page 47
Total pages 10
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert Inc. Publishers
Language eng
Abstract Growing environmental awareness clashes with consumerism and economic dependence on non-sustainable lifestyles. Individuals experience this conflict when they make decisions on a day-to-day basis. We suggest that to deal with such a tension people simultaneously maintain conflicting positions. The psychological mechanism of dissociation lies at the heart of this contradiction. In this study, people separate their concern for the environment from their non-sustainable practices. We empirically explore this framework and the consequences of it on both the perception of the problem and the implementation of solutions. Results suggest proenvironmental actions come from internal psychological demands for emotional stability rather than from any understanding of environmental issues, resulting in poor, inadequate, and insufficient environmental responses. Our insights suggest that a strategy for reconnecting people and their lifestyles with the environment is the basis for effective change.
Keyword Dissociation
Climate change
Psychological adaptation
Non-sustainable lifestyle
Overconsumption
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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