Dr. K., I only leaned about peak oil about a year ago. I’ve discussed it with my husband and family and at least my daughter and her husband have bought a small farm and are starting to re-calibrate.  My husband and I hope against hope to sell our home so we can be near them […]

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Do You Have a Panglossian Disorder? or Economic and Planetary Collapse: Is it a Therapeutic Issue?

I have spoken elsewhere about the label “Doomer,” and I’ve come to believe that this frame is outdated. Instead, I would like to suggest that we must stop asking ourselves, given the lateness of the hour, why there are those pessimistic about the future, and begin asking, instead, why there are those still blindly and […]


The Tyranny of Positive Thinking

Abstract: Could it be that “thinking positively” is contributing to our blindness and inaction around energy issues, environmental degradation and economic devastation? I’ve hammered this point home in a number of posts, the most widely read being “Do You Have a Panglossian Disorder?.” Now, a trenchant social observer provides a clear outline of how that […]

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Three Types of Doomers and Fantasy Collapse

In previous entries, I poked fun at Panglossians, the merry among us who are content to spin yarns about the magic of technology and pontificate about human ingenuity as the key to saving us all. I’ve engaged in an angry rant about those espousing the “power of positive thinking” in solving the Earth’s serious problems. […]


Ordinary Fears/Extraordinary Times: Fifty-Five (real) Things to Worry About (if you must…)

This is an updated post. Peak Oil, Climate change and the Greater Depression will pose many challenges to our way of life but let’s get real, for a moment: Golden Hordes aren’t one of them. At least not now. Economic depression brings with it a host of serious problems, and I think you can say […]


Three More Reactions from a 30-Something Philosophy Professor

If this is paradise I wish I had a lawnmower you got it, you got it This was a Pizza Hut Now it’s all covered with daisies you got it, you got it I miss the honky tonks, Dairy Queens, and 7-Elevens you got it, you got it And as things fell apart Nobody paid […]


Visions of the New Suburban Lifestyle

“Where there is no vision the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 “Our biggest mistake is that we see ourselves as separate from the natural world. We then project that sense of separation onto every other living and nonliving thing with which we interact.” “Picture yourself in a forest where almost everything around you is food. Mature […]


The Psychology of an Outlook

There have been a number of posts on Energy Bulletin, espousing various theories about why someone is a “doomer.” Is it because your sense of masculinity is threatened? Religious influences from your culture? I started out Peak Oil Blues to learn more about this very question: What is the relationship between how people view an […]

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Stages of Peak Oil Awareness

It’s 2010, and I’ve been a clinical psychologist for the past 22 years, have worked in a variety of settings, and with people of different ages and a variety of presenting problems, but nothing in my professional background prepared me emotionally to wrap my head around Peak Oil.  Four and a half years ago, I […]


Honda’s “Racing Against Time:” Running on Empty?

“This post is a contribution to Honda’s “Racing Against Time” thought leadership series.  Peak Oil Blues was selected to provide a unique perspective on how we should approach the discussion of oil as a finite energy source.   During the first week of October 2010, five individuals provide their own thoughts on the subject. These independent […]


Ants, Angels and Armor: Further Conversations on Human Nature

“The big system can be pretty overwhelming. We know that we can’t beat them by competing with them. What we can do is build small systems where we live and work that serve our needs as we define us and not as they‘re defined for us. The big boys in their shining armor are up […]


Husbands, Wives and Peak Oil Lives

I woke up this morning with this thought: There is a connection between saying “My wife doesn’t like sex,” in the cybersex world, and saying “My wife isn’t on-board about Peak Oil.” I’m focusing on men, here, but the same holds true for women. Let me explain. Anyone who has ever traveled the world of […]


Paranoid and Delusional Disorders & Peak Oil

This article is for all readers, but mental health professionals are particularly invited to consider the implications put forth here. Feel free to jump around. Peak Oil is a very upsetting topic for most people, because the research on it is so darn convincing. Those that aren’t interested in doing that kind of research, however, […]


Peak Oil Awareness and Clinical Depression

Dear Peak Shrink, Just a quick note to say that I just found your site and I think it is a wonderful resource – I will be pointing a number of people towards it. I have been aware of Peak Oil since the UK oil blockades of 2000 and now feel as at peace with […]

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Say it isn’t so: Review of J. H. Kunstler’s “Too Much Magic”

James Howard Kunstler describes himself as an “all-purpose writer,” and boy can he write.  His latest book “Too Much Magic:  Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation,” has taken otherwise ‘hard to write clearly about’ subjects such as financial instruments, what’s happening to our environment and shale oil, and made them interesting and […]


Canadian Physician with Panglossian Wife

“Contempt is also the single best predictor of divorce. A husband’s contempt predicts the number of infectious illnesses his wife will experience in the next four years. ”     Dear Peak Shrink, I’m a family physician in Ontario, Canada, and I’m married with four children all under the age of 8.  I first heard the […]


The Survival Mindset

“Crisis occurs when our theories about ourselves in relation to the outside world go fundamentally wrong.” It is the dissonance between our expectations and our outcomes that causes the pain—not the outcome alone. Foremost among our expectations is our belief that pain is something to be avoided at all costs; that it is bad for […]


I Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Transition Was In: Part I.

There is no doubt that offering “hope,” is a great deal more politically successful than trying to peddle the notion of a painfully grim future. But there is a predictable political arc. First, we are inspired to sign onto a vision of an abundant future, filled with social programs, fresh faces, and corruption reform. Later, […]


Losing the Loved One You Can Talk to…

Hi Peak Shrink, I just commented on your latest blog entry and as I clicked the submit button I felt a great loss. I can talk about my fears with my husband, but only to a certain extent. He is totally into all our simplifying and gardening and tinkering with sustainability, but out of principle (not to take […]

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Greater Depressions: Social and Behavioral Trends of Economic Collapse

In this post, I’d like to look at parallels between events that happened during the Great Depression, and events we see happening around us today. Too often as events unfold, they appear to be isolated, and disconnected. It is only in retrospect that we see the interwoven framework. The first section may be more familiar […]


Psychological Abuse in Spouses around Peak Oil

Aretha Franklin, in one of her big hit songs says “All I’m asking is for a little respect, when you come home.” Many people within the Peak Oil community talk about having partners who are not on the same page with them regarding Peak Oil. Others who hold strong beliefs about Peak Oil are equally […]


Reclaim Your Real Estate!

Between your ears, that is. It is priceless, but if you neglect that piece of property, you “lose it.” Your mind will be taken over by thoughts that aren’t helpful. There are several avenues into that house of yours. You’ve got eyes and ears, your sense of smell and your sense of taste. Even your […]