Ecopsychology : Science, Totems, and the Technological Species Paperback / softback
Part of the The MIT Press series
An ecopsychology that integrates our totemic selves-our kinship with a more than human world-with our technological selves. We need nature for our physical and psychological well-being.
Our actions reflect this when we turn to beloved pets for companionship, vacation in spots of natural splendor, or spend hours working in the garden.
Yet we are also a technological species and have been since we fashioned tools out of stone.
Thus one of this century's central challenges is to embrace our kinship with a more-than-human world-"our totemic self"-and integrate that kinship with our scientific culture and technological selves. This book takes on that challenge and proposes a reenvisioned ecopsychology.
Contributors consider such topics as the innate tendency for people to bond with local place; a meaningful nature language; the epidemiological evidence for the health benefits of nature interaction; the theory and practice of ecotherapy; Gaia theory; ecovillages; the neuroscience of perceiving natural beauty; and sacred geography.
Taken together, the essays offer a vision for human flourishing and for a more grounded and realistic environmental psychology.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 360 pages, 3 color photos, 2 tables; 5 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 20/07/2012
- Category: Psychology
- ISBN: 9780262517782