This Changes Everything: The Anthropocene Age and Psychoanalysis

Ryan LaMothe


This article depicts the present and future consequences of climate change vis-à-vis material and psychological suffering and argues these realities invite alterations in psychoanalytic method, aims, education, and ethics. The article begins with a brief discussion on climate change and its material and psychological impacts. This is to establish that we are in the midst of an unfolding global crisis. This is followed by a depiction of a Fanonian approach to therapy and its relation to the realities of climate change. The last portion of the article addresses possible changes to psychoanalytic education and professional organizations.



Psychoanalytic education, Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Climate change, Anthropocene, Fanon

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