Chapter 5 How does peak oil and climatic chaos affect us?
Post-petroleum stress syndrome
A small chapter to evoke common reactions that people may have when they become aware of peak oil. Here is the list he evokes: Irrational faith in unrealistic solutions, fears, impulses of nihilism or survival, denial, foolish optimism and finally accusing finger. Most of the ideas mentioned could recall the different scenarios of the future of the after peak oil seen in the first chapter. What is important to remember is that we do not all react the same way, realities or concerns are not for all the same. It is therefore important when one tries to talk about this subject, to take into account his interlocutor, because it can otherwise become counterproductive.
Chapter 6, Understanding the Psychology of Change
This chapter is directly related to the previous one and is a bit special, because it’s an interview with Chris Johnstone, psychologist, addictions specialist. Dr. Johnstone explains that the stage of change model can be applied to our thinking about global warming and peak oil.
Taking more information I could read a review of the use of this model by Rob Hopkins, the author said that it is difficult, or impossible according to the studies to have a universal model. Although the criticism is well founded, the presentation of this model is interesting as could be another for the social aspect which is incorporated in an ecological vision. It is interesting to see the principle of relapse, as for addictions, to a way of life that is completely dependent on fossil fuels. Social pressure and living facilities can often lead us to reuse fossil fuels even though we have quit the use a lot.
Chris Johnstone also explains the importance of listening to one another and being aware of the stages of change that others are experiencing. You have to create a space where the person can feel confident and can express their own arguments. Do not be too direct and force the change, if the term can be used I would say that we must leave a space for the transition.
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