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Tsalikoglou, Fotini

Professor, University of Pandios, Athens


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Ta Nea - Greece | 31/03/2010

Fotini Tsalikoglou on the effects of the economic crisis on the popular psyche

Psychologist Fotini Tsalikoglou discusses in the left-liberal daily Ta Nea the consequences of the consensus over Greece's austerity policy for the popular pysche: "Consensus means that people are called upon to say yes to a worse version of life. Under what conditions can such a ... contradictory and paradoxical agreement function? What arguments speak in favour of consensus? The Tina Syndrome whereby 'there is no alternative' is by its very nature a trap. While giving the most powerful argument for implementing the austerity measures, it also supplies the weakest grounds for accepting them. It is entirely possible that rather than finding a solution to the impasse it will even prolong it. How can one turn against oneself just because 'there is no alternative'? Psychology teaches us that even the idea - albeit fictitious - that NOT all paths are blocked has a healing function. ... But there is an even more treacherous mechanism lurking in the shadows according to which 'you should accept the austerity measures because you are to blame' [for the economic crisis]."

Ta Nea - Greece | 09/03/2010

Fotini Tsalikoglou on fear and winners in the crisis

Psychology professor Fotini Tsalikoglou deals in the left-liberal daily Ta Nea with the impact of the crisis on people's emotional state: "The crisis is taking on the dimensions of a natural disaster - something with which we have to live, like the air we breathe and the water we drink. ... A culture of fear is developing. Some have begun to capitalise on this. By this I simply mean that they have already begun to make money (yes, it's as easy as that!). Those both within the country and abroad who know how to make a profit on anything have already began to rake in the money. ... Employers are rubbing their hands in glee at the sight of scared employees with lower expectations. ... But living with fear can't be what we want. ... For fear and guilt prevent us from seeking a way out of the crisis. A crisis about which the average citizen never reflected, which he didn't cause, from which he gained nothing and for which he is now called on to bear terrible consequences without even complaining."

Ta Nea - Greece | 04/08/2009

Fotini Tsalikoglou on dead information in the media society

Psychology professor Fotini Tsalikoglou believes people today have trouble processing all the information with which they are bombarded. "We are incapable of remembering information, sorting it and evaluating it. It may be that we are better informed nowadays but the information is empty and hollow. There's a lack of evaluation, of hierarchy, of the possibility to distinguish the important stuff from the unimportant. Empathy, a sense of solidarity, pity and mutual help are being cut out. Wars, destruction, misery, poverty - they produce no emotion, they fail to strike a chord. It's as if you can see a mouth screaming but you can't hear the scream. Emotionally charged reports … turn into something normal. They cancel each other out. The emotions are 'swallowed up' by an excess of information. … In the end all the stimuli is neutral and its consumers become indifferent recipients of dead information. They are like full babies, trying a bit of everything, and because everything is easily digestible they miss the opportunity to make their own selection. The dehumanised apathetic citizen has become the ideal of our era."

Ta Nea - Greece | 08/12/2008

A desperate society

Ta Nea, a daily newspaper critical of the government, sees the riots as an expression of the desperation in Greek society: "The death of the student was only the catalyst. It was the fuse for the great explosion. The explosion conceals a compressed desperation. ... Many young people live with the unbearable knowledge that there is no future, that the future is a bricked-up window. Somewhere out there a blind fury is lurking. Citizens are hiding in their homes and watching on TV the war that is raging on their very doorsteps. The Internet is breaking through this isolation. It conveys ... differing views, and the result is a balance of terror. ... Not violence, but desperation appears to be the origin of our story."

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