The Dynamics of Denial

The dynamics of denial damage culture, society and people.

Psychology tells us that denial can be useful as a coping mechanism for dealing with trauma in the short term. It can also, if trauma is not faced up to, result in effects that damage the denier as much as those denied.

Take a moment to stop and consider this: we’re seeing those dynamics play out today across societies, cultures, polities and economies.

If you’ve been sentient through most of the last two decades, or even just 2020 and 2021, it can’t have escaped you that we’ve lived through a period of cataclysmic change.

The Arts have kept a record of what is happening to us, enabling us to remember the mistakes of the past, and reminding us to create a better tomorrow.

It is with that in mind that I’m creating a podcast in which I’ll be discussing with various friends and colleagues the following:

  • How the past can be a path to the future. 
  • Looking at how different generations interpret their identity.
  • Why cultural diversity matters, in the arts but also in the way that we look at technology. 
  • The importance of space and understanding. 
  • How experiences as ‘other’, or from contexts and cultures which have different codes, influence cultural outputs.
  • A moment of reckoning: COVID and the cultural experience. Digital divides and the way that we are seeing society rapidly change.
  • Communities as distinct from consumers, and why this is important and how we might achieve it.
  • New writing, new voices, new futures; playwrights, writers, TV producers and many more are creating future classics, yet while they influence culture and society hugely, some persist in seeing them as ’emerging’ or ‘incidental’. Why? And more importantly, what can we do to build understanding of the word as it is.
  • Pathways and launchpads to the future … The future is unknown, but equally we all know what we would like the future to be. This is a space to imagine a future we would like to see.

The series will be known as Telling It Like It Is.

The first podcast will be with Professor Corinne Fowler of Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted. The second podcast will feature Ian Douglas, Author of the RSA’s Big Idea: Is Technology Making Us Sick? More podcasts are in the can and will be released through the rest of the year. Have a listen.