Psychosocial mechanisms contributing to climate change and climate action [DRAFT]]

The following text lists psychosocial mechanisms contributing to climate change and climate action:

Climate Crisis

  • Individual belief system
    • Cognition:
      • complex problem solving research, incl poor performance solving problems with time lag between cause and effect, non-linearity (cf research by Dietrich Dörner)
      • Confirmation bias
      • Fundamental attribution error
      • Mechanisms of creating doubt (cf Naomi Oreskes, Merchants of Doubt)
      • Self-serving bias
    • Social
      • Peer pressure contributing to climate silence, denial and establishing of social norms
    • Understanding of well-being
    • Secret memorandum of understanding between politicians and voters (,
    • Criteria for child maltreatment/child matching the climate crisis

Climate Action

  • Response shift showing that humans can adapt to difficult situations (eg disease) without loss of quality of life
  • Rubicon model of decision making
  •  Psychological principles of non-violent direct action, civil disobedience/resistance to maximize effects
  • Psychological principles of behaviour change (towards climate neutrality)
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