ECOPSYCHOLOGY

THE PRINCIPLES OF ECOPSYCHOLOGY

 

Integral within the project of ecopsychology is the recognition, acknowledgement and dedication to nurturing reciprocal relations with our natural surroundings.

 

Living with respect for these interrelations has tremendous impact upon human and ecological health and flourishing. 

 

– The earth is a living system, part of the cosmos which is also a living system. 

 

– Human beings, their products and cultures are integral and crucial parts of that system. 

 

– The health of the entire system and all its parts requires harmonious, sustainable, and mutually nurturing relationships among the parts, and between the parts and the whole. 

 

– Healthy human development, which includes “physical” and “psychological” dimensions, must include realization of the interconnectedness and interdependence of the human and nonhuman aspects of the world. 

 

– At the core of the human organism and the part we refer to as “psyche” is information which has been preserved in us, as we have co-evolved with other aspects of the earth’s living system. The ecological intelligence, which has been called the ecological unconscious, is like a deep reservoir of “knowing” about the human-earth connection.

THE PRINCIPLES OF ECOPSYCHOLOGY

 

Integral within the project of ecopsychology is the recognition, acknowledgement and dedication to nurturing reciprocal relations with our natural surroundings.

 

Living with respect for these interrelations has tremendous impact upon human and ecological health and flourishing.

 

– The earth is a living system, part of the cosmos which is also a living system.

 

– Human beings, their products and cultures are integral and crucial parts of that system.

 

– The health of the entire system and all its parts requires harmonious, sustainable, and mutually nurturing relationships among the parts, and between the parts and the whole.

 

– Healthy human development, which includes “physical” and “psychological” dimensions, must include realization of the interconnectedness and interdependence of the human and nonhuman aspects of the world.

 

– At the core of the human organism and the part we refer to as “psyche” is information which has been preserved in us, as we have co-evolved with other aspects of the earth’s living system. The ecological intelligence, which has been called the ecological unconscious, is like a deep reservoir of “knowing” about the human-earth connection.

BACKGROUND

It was within the pages of The Voice of the Earth that Theodore Roszak discussed an amalgamation of psychology and ecology: ecopsychology, a modern psychology with consideration for the ecological setting in which humans exists and upon which they depend for their own survival. Indeed, the importance of recognising the interconnection of humanity with the rest of nature has been acknowledged as a key defining aspect of ecopsychology by many of those prominent in the field (Davis, 2013; Fisher, 2013; Plotkin, 2014; Scull, 2014).

Ecopsychology has been described by some as a project. Part of this project is to facilitate actually remembering and acknowledging our psyche’s interplay and immersion with the interconnectedness of earthly relations (Fisher, 2012).

ACADEMIA

Scientific research is increasingly demonstrating positive implications of time spent in the natural world. Human benefits ranging from well-being to relaxation to improved cognitive functioning have all been shown to increase as a consequence of contact with nature. Research is also showning how ecological systems are also likely to benefit as a consequence. Active experiences of nature have been shown to positively affect pro-environmental orientations and participation in outdoor recreation engenders an increase in pro-environmental behaviours compared with non-participation. Such findings have provided academic support for the biophilia hypothesis: that people’s emotional relationships with nature may provide motivation for environmentally protective actions as a consequence of an emotional and innate connection people have with other living things.

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