- Published: 04 October 2016 04 October 2016
Four articles on our website about Brexit.
Many people who voted in the EU Referendum are still coming to terms with it. For the true Believer Leavers, it can't happen soon enough; for those who voted Remain, something vitally important has happened in the UK that needs to be understood and in many cases challenged.
CPA members are still discussing and writing about this.
In Britain and Europe: What moves People, Paul Hoggett analyses the result in terms of the failure of the Remain campaign to speak to emotions and identies. He focusses on fear, ressentiment and shame and how the task may be to recognise and accept the negative emotions address them with thoughtfulness and compassion in order to transform fear into hope, resentment into generosity and shame into pride.
Chris Robertson responded with An Unravelling World in Need of Urgent Repair His long experience of psychotherapeutic work leads him to conclude grieving is nearly always the first step in a process of inter-personal and collective reparation. The grief may arise from sensitivity to a collective trauma, and can be confused with personal loss. "The cultural dilemma facing us requires a diving into the immense grief of our ongoing losses as an essential gateway to repair."
Paul Hoggett returns to the subject in Europe, Climate Change: Imagining Oneself to be an Exception In this important reflection on exceptionalism, he says it is historically and culturally specific. He refers to a book now launched - Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis and Radical Ethics by Donna Orange. As Orange puts it, by virtue of this complex we unconsciously assume that “the earth belongs to us, the so-called whites, and that others, “they” exist to serve our economic interests: to mine the minerals we want or need, to make us cheap clothes, to work at below poverty wages, and so on”; and to bear the costs of our privilege as the unequal impacts of climate change kick in. So exceptionalism is not just a problem facing Britain and Europe in 2016, it lies at the heart of the problem of humankind’s relation to the planet.
In Brexit, Trump and Change Sarah Deco speaks of a potential addiction to change for change's sake as well as the draw to a nostyagic past where nothing has changed. Yet necessary changes are inevitable for planetary survival.