By Irene Bruna Seu, Shani Orgad
Drawing on an unique UK-wide research of public responses to humanitarian matters and the way NGOs converse them, this well timed e-book offers the 1st evidence-based psychosocial account of the way and why humans reply or to not messages approximately far away affliction. The publication highlights what NGOs search to accomplish of their communications and explores how their method and hopes fit or don’t fit what the general public desires, thinks and feels approximately far away suffering
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Yet we found no evidence to support these observations. Rather, we found that unless there is a concerted effort to foster connectedness along the lines of the ‘3M’ model, there is a closing down of these three channels into blocks, in the following ways (as illustrated in Fig. 3): 1. Emotional blocks. Participants’ lived experiences and capacity for managing their own emotions notwithstanding, when the emotions evoked by the communication are unmanageable, emotional connectedness can turn into the emotional block of turning away and switching off.
Irene Bruna Seu is Reader in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and a practising Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. For the past 15 years she has researched and published extensively on altruism and prosocial behavior in the humanitarian and human rights context. Her last book Passivity generation; human rights and everyday morality (2013) reports on her research on public responses to knowledge about human rights violations in the UK and Spain. B. SEU AND S.
Psychologically, this evokes a sense of being part of a virtual community working together, a model very familiar to people, as exempliﬁed by Ernie’s extract about the sewing machine, in which people rally round and join forces to help. Additionally, in telethons, viewers are virtually connected to the distant sufferer for the duration of the event. The ‘hit and run’ approach is ideally suited for the emergency model, and it is in this particular formulation that the NGO’s role as mediator of suffering and deliverer of aid is not resented, but appreciated.