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“Humankind faces enormous challenges. In the face of factual evidence, many react with skepticism, apathy, and denial. As a result, the physical climate declines, and the human climate worsens. What can we do to make the human climate less adversarial, less hateful, less scared and scary? Carol Smaldino’s must-read book is life-saving for humankind. She is among the world’s few voices focusing on the dark sides of the human soul, its shadow. Only by understanding and befriending our shadow can we heal the climate, both human and physical.”
– Evelin Lindner, MD, PhD, founding president, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, Germany; Nobel Peace Prize nominee

“In an era rife with dangerous divisions in the nation and the world, The Human Climate is a must-read for us all. Carol Smaldino’s ‘talking out loud’ in this book had me doing the same—with the book, with myself, and with others. Read this book and prepare to emerge with an awakened curiosity—questions you never before asked, answers you never before envisioned, and a burning desire to do things differently.”
–Karen Branan, author of The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth

“Carol Smaldino is a psychotherapist who has used her clinical knowledge and expertise to write an original book on the human climate. She applies a developmental perspective to human relationships spanning childhood and adulthood, and to relationships within government and the international scene. This is a very accessible book, free of clinical jargon but packed with clinical insights into the importance of the recognition of emotions throughout human relationships. Smaldino advocates for attunement to one’s feelings, self-reflection, and empathy for others whether they are our children, our adversaries, or world leaders— all in the service of promoting a peaceful human climate.”
–Peter Buirski, PhD, dean emeritus and clinical professor, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver

“Carol Smaldino has written an accessible, highly germane exploration of our emotional and social climates, at once searching and enlightening. She touches central elements of the human condition and what it might take for us to get along better with each other and ourselves. She stimulates engaging reflection on therapy with individuals and society, a sense of inner-outer difficulties and possibilities. A probing and sharing book relevant for the present moment and beyond.”
–Michael Eigen, The Challenge of Being Human, Faith, The Sensitive Self

“A passionate, refreshing, and lucid account of how the stuff therapists know about ‘feelings’ may serve in the creation of a more empathic social and political world. ‘Therapy thinking’ as presented herein is not a dry, as dust, professional posture but a creative means of entering deeply—at the ‘basement level,’ to use Smaldino’s term—into the lives of others. I like the way direct and robust challenges to certain therapeutic orthodoxies are mounted without punches being pulled. Lastly, there is a quiet humor that pervades the book, which adds to its refreshingly humble approach—no easy answers.”
–Andrew Samuels, professor of analytical psychology, University of Essex, UK, author of A New Therapy for Politics?

About the author

Carol Smaldino is a psychotherapist, speaker, and consultant on conflict resolution, emotions, and social justice issues. She was a Huffington Post contributor 2009-2017. She is originally from Brooklyn, NY.



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Carol Smaldino

The Human Climate

Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us

Published January 2019
300 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1-937570-83-5
14.95 USD, 13.13 EUR

About the book

The Human Climate starts with this idea: We are divided on the inside and on the outside—where we live, love, hate, or are frozen in fear. Unless we come to know our emotions better than we do, they will continue to control us.

In this small yet provocative book, psychotherapist Carol Smaldino connects the personal with the political, the past with the present, and the individual with the global.
She explores the human climate, a term she refers to as encompassing culture, assumptions, rules, mood, and the atmosphere of a given time and place. She sees addressing these elements as indispensable if we are to effectively resolve divisions related to social and global issues, and, our most intimate relationships.
Smaldino shares clinical experiences, her own stories, and provides insightful reflections. The Human Climate offers us a way to face our shadows – places where we hide and try to bury (unconsciously) the parts of ourselves that we dislike. If we don’t face and integrate our difficult emotions, we continue to demonize other nations, other people – even those we love and marry. In working through our resistance to change, we have the chance to access compassion and empathy.

Table of Contents



1. A Human Climate

2. Feelings as a Second Language

3. Talking Out Loud

4. Across the Developmental Divide

5. The Cost of Belonging at Any Cost

6. The Bully and the Brain Freeze

7. Visiting the Shadows: A Nod to Carl Jung

8. Don’t Know Much about History

9. Having a Heart

10. In Support of Not Knowing


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