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Is 'fear itself' the only thing we have to fear? Explorations of psychology in perceptions of the vulnerability of others

Source(s):  Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies

Volume 2011-3:

This paper highlights the importance of understanding and exploring some psychological aspects of perceptions of the vulnerability of others that contribute to disasters. Despite decades of research suggesting how to improve, fear and denial of vulnerability are too frequently seen in practice. These points are corroborated through comparative contexts in financial management, industrial disaster, social care, construction, and climate change. Post-disaster publication of independent, comprehensive, and analytical reports explaining why disasters occurred would identify practical steps for countering aspects of fear and denial that contribute to risk and disasters.



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  • Is 'fear itself' the only thing we have to fear? Explorations of psychology in perceptions of the vulnerability of others
  • Publication date 2011
  • Author(s) Lewis, James; Kelman, Ilan; Lewis, Sarah A.V.
  • Number of pages 16 p.

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