Depth Psychology and Climate Change offers a sensitive and insightful look at how ideas from depth psychology can move us beyond psychological overwhelm when facing the ecological disaster of climate change and its denial. Integrating ideas from disciplines including anthropology, politics, spirituality, mythology and philosophy, contributors consider how climate change affects psychological well-being and how we can place hope and radical uncertainty alongside rage and despair.

The book explores symbols of transformation, myths and futures; and is structured to encourage regular reflection. Each contributor brings their own perspective – green politics, change and loss, climate change denial, consumerism and our connection to nature – suggesting responses to mental suffering arising from an unstable and uncertain international outlook. They examine how subsequent changes in consciousness can develop.

This book will be essential reading for analytical psychologists, Jungian analysts and psychotherapists, as well as academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies. It will also be of great interest to academics and students of the politics and policy of climate change, anthropology, myth and symbolism and ecopsychology, and to anyone seeking a new perspective on the climate emergency.

part Part I|61 pages

Things as they are

chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

An open letter to Greta Thunberg

ByAnn Kutek

chapter Chapter 2|14 pages

Finding the eye of the storm

ByMary Jayne Rust

chapter Chapter 3|20 pages

An anthropology of climate change deniers

ByRosie Mathers

chapter Chapter 4|13 pages

Taking the green agenda out of the margins

Psychological strategies
ByAndrew Samuels

part Part II|45 pages

Images and imagination

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

Cultural crisis

A loss of soul
ByChris Robertson

chapter Chapter 6|11 pages

The Golem

An image for our time
ByBernard Sartorius

chapter Chapter 7|17 pages

Imagining earth

ByJules Cashford

part Part III|50 pages

Symbols of transformation

chapter Chapter 8|12 pages

Engaging the Green Man, breaking our spell of enchantment

ByJeffrey T. Kiehl

chapter Chapter 9|17 pages

At war with the natural world

Nature as Other
ByJohn Colverson

chapter Chapter 10|19 pages

Our connection with animals and the universe

Psychology, symbols, spirituality and the new physics
ByRuth Williams

part Part IV|66 pages

Myths and futures

chapter Chapter 11|16 pages

Time, intuition and imagination

ByDale Mathers

chapter Chapter 12|17 pages

21st-century unconscious

Altered states, oracles and intelligences
ByJoe Cambray

chapter Chapter 13|18 pages

Persephone’s suicide

ByCraig San Roque

chapter Chapter 14|13 pages

‘The Singing, Ringing Tree’

ByAndy White