Futurophobia has become a widespread phenomenon now. Its harm is that the people who succumb to it suffer from low psychosomatic tone and motivation, nervous psychological depression, low self-esteem, they are unsure of their future, and have heightened anxiety and pessimism. They get tired faster and fall ill more often, and are prone to depression. A futurophobia-stricken person is a member of a group at risk of personality disturbance pathologies, mental disorders and various phobias and manias. At the level of society, futurophobia can become an obstacle to the realisation of the modern ideas that are necessary for solving global problems, eliminating environmental and economic crises, preventing a military or technogenic catastrophe, and human self-destruction.
The objective basis of futurophobia is: the instability of the global world and its socio-economic and political processes; real situations of environmental and financial-economic crises, local armed conflicts and war, and humanitarian catastrophes; and the acute phase of global problems and their growth.
The following issues cause futurophobia:
- Negative influence of the media focusing primarily on negative facts;
- Extremist ideologies, radical religious and political movements cultivating the values of war and violence to further their goals;
- Fashion for superstitions, primitive occultism and conspirology, and belief in paranormal phenomena and their power over people’s lives;
- Lack of information about various solutions to global problems and activities carried out in this direction;
- Low levels of general knowledge and literacy;
- High levels of stress and the chronic fatigue syndrome;
- The conflict of expectation and reality in a person’s psychic.
The social harm produced by futurophobia is that affected people do not believe in solving global problems, saving the planet, re-establishing social justice, harmonious life and the consistent managed development of civilization.
What feeds the spread of futurophobia is the absence of common and moreover – uniting - goals and objectives. To live a full life, people need purpose; this is their nature. Purpose is always based on values and made concrete in goals.
Thus, solving the global problem of futurophobia depends on values and goal-setting: they can be formulated in terms of the Planetary Project as saving the biosphere, maintaining and improving the health of the natural environment for present and future generations, global human integration and building a noospheric civilization capable of implementing the principles of justice, humanism and harmonious development.