Contributing psychological understanding within the community to support and facilitate strong and urgent action on climate change
Our strategies include:
OMERTA - the code of silence
An Italian psychoanalyst Riccardo Romana (1997) has used the term Omerta—the code of silence. A term used to describe the code of secrecy - especially one taken by fellow members of criminal organization, such as the mafia.
Omerta refers to the kind of situation where members of the group are aware of something fundamental which is not being discussed, a kind of “elephant in the room”.
The implied threat is that breaking Omerta will lead a person to become a scapegoat or being expelled.
Omerta is the code so strong an entire community may become speechless, unable to speak out to change the status quo for fear of consequences, or through a sense of hopelessness and impotence.
This kind of deafening silence has .... been particularly noticeable when climate change is mentioned in normal social life.
Ann Noonan & Jule Macken, Stardust, in Depth Disorder and Climate Change, Marshall, Jonathon(ed) 2009, pp 223-4
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DEBUNKING Handbook: Debunking myths is problematic. Unless great care is taken, any effort to debunk misinformation can inadvertently reinforce the very myths one seeks to correct. To avoid these “backfire effects”, an effective debunking requires three major elements.