Vegan Psychology

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Would I Follow Me?

Lessons from psychology that assist vegan advocacy

Clare Mann – Barefoot Vegan 2017

With a background in organisational psychology, I have seen people in organisations working in silos on different projects and only engaging with other groups when absolutely necessary.  Members of each different group identify primarily with their own group and often resist collaborating and learning from others.  My role has been to break down those barriers, increase communication between and within groups and create mutual understanding in order to achieve better collective outcomes.

One of the biggest limitations I have observed is to do with unquestioned assumptions.  Without high levels of self-awareness, we often fail to question our assumptions about other people and how things should be done.  These preconceived ideas result in prejudice and stereotypes that truly inhibit us connecting with others and collaborating for mutual benefit.  An important intervention is to develop to means to continually question our assumptions and our part in creating the outcomes of every interpersonal interaction we have.  This, together with learning to communicate effectively and skilfully navigate differences, has the potential to create relationships, groups and organisations that achieve superior collective outcomes whilst becoming satisfying communities in which we can work.

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Putting the V in Psychology

My Home Planet, a series of podcasts by Natasha Milne, shares the stories of people who wake up each day and work for the betterment and future of our beautiful earth and those we share it with.

Clare Mann had the pleasure of contributing to this series to talk about veganism, communication and animal social justice and how each of us has a part to play in creating a more compassionate world through veganism and non-speciesism.

Click below to access the podcast recording:

https://www.myhomeplanet.org/single-post/2016/11/08/Clare-Mann–Putting-the-Vegan-in-Psychology

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From Surviving to Thriving – Tools for living expansively in a non-vegan world

Where are you in your vegan journey?  Are you a new vegan who excitedly wants to share veganism but feel thwarted by those who ridicule you, think you’re odd or who show no real interest?  Have you become aware of animal cruelty and are outraged when others don’t become vegan when you tell them about it?  Are you experiencing improved health and wellbeing and yet feel alienated from those who prefer to overconsume and concentrate only on their own personal interests? In short, are you surviving or are you thriving, feeling part of this new era of veganism with all its benefits for people, animals and planet?

The number of people adopting a vegan lifestyle is growing across the world, so is awareness of it by those who wish to resist, ridicule and criticise those who choose this lifestyle, understanding little of the philosophical basis underpinning this lifestyle.  How do you become part of this social justice movement and also enjoy your journey so it underpins your life, rather than feeling your energy is spent defending yourself and countering attacks?  In short, how do you learn to thrive?

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