Category «Psychology and Intersectionalism»

Veganism in an Oppressive World

Julia Feliz Brueck says it’s time for Veganism to put in the work towards consistent anti-oppression   If someone were to ask you what veganism is like for communities across the world, would you know what to say? Would you be able to readily make connections outlining how veganism, a movement that opposes the oppression …

The Psychology of Becoming Vegan

Sandra Higgins explores the three stages people go through when they are going vegan.  This helps to clarify our thoughts, feelings and motivations which is helpful in sustaining long term behaviour change.   Unsurprisingly, many people consider going vegan in January. The start of a New Year prompts us to make resolutions to eliminate aspects …

Speciesism in the West

by Matthieu Ricard   In the twentieth century, at the end of the 1960s and in the 1970s, a new animal movement arose, the effects of which have continued to grow down to the present day. This movement has set the stage for a major change in the attitude toward animals in Western societies. A …

Ecopsychology

Why our mental health is interdependent on the health of other species and the planet   by James O’Donovan Ecopsychology is the name given to the field of study examining the relationship of the human mind and the natural world. It examines how living in a technological world increasingly cut off from nature makes us …

Carnism

Extracts from Melanie Joy’s work on the belief system supporting the culture of meat eating.  By James O’Donovan   Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. This concept was first described in the book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by author Melanie Joy. …