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Die Gesellschaft unter Mackie Messers Klinge : an investigation on why do we keep on living towards collapse

Soethe, J. (2014) Die Gesellschaft unter Mackie Messers Klinge : an investigation on why do we keep on living towards collapse.

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Abstract:Mackie Messers Messer sieht man nicht. Today, we are confronted with the same knife that slowly but surely comes to our throats. The knife has several names: population growth, global warming, pesticides poisoning our world’s environments. This thesis studies why do people keep on living in a way that we rationally understand, it only brings us closer towards collapse. The aim of the study is to try to shed light on this, to say the least, senseless behaviour. I use the methods of Qualitative Research with a survey consisting of seven open questions regarding this collapse and study the answers of the interviewees looking for the psychological mechanisms and patterns that support this unbalanced behaviour. My sample consists of 27 people from around the world. My findings seem to indicate that the reactions of people towards a civilizational collapse are strikingly similar to those related to environmental degradation and the same mechanisms of defense are at play.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65782
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