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Overcoming societal addictions: What can we learn from individual therapies?

Costanza, Robert; Atkins, Paul; Bolton, Mitzi; Cork, Steven; Grigg, Nicola; Kasser, Tim; Kubiszewski, Ida


Societies, like individuals, can get trapped in patterns of behavior called social traps or “societal addictions” that provide short-term rewards but are detrimental and unsustainable in the long run. Examples include our societal addiction to inequitable over-consumption fueled by fossil energy and a “growth at all costs” economic model. This paper explores the potential to learn from successful therapies at the individual level. In particular, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is one of the most...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Ecological Economics
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.09.023


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