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Future estrangement: not having a place in the emerging future

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Year Published

2020

Publication

Journal of Futures Studies. 25(2): 3-8.

Abstract

Future estrangement is a profound sense of alienation toward the future. It is the deep-seated feeling that the future is a hostile and bewildering world that we may not have a place in - or may not want to have a place in. This paper outlines numerous impending threats that are the main sources of future estrangement and discusses strategies to overcome this perilous attitude toward the future. Ultimately, reversing the spread of future estrangement will require both addressing its root causes and building resiliency at all levels and in all domains of society.

Keywords

Future Estrangement; Future Shock; Psychological Distress; Solastalgia; Anxiety; Alienation; Resilience; Positive Vision

Citation

Bengston, David N. 2020. Future estrangement: not having a place in the emerging future. Journal of Futures Studies. 25(2): 3-8. https://doi.org/10.6531/JFS.202012_25(2).0002​.

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