Ecopsychology: Restoring the earth, healing the mind

The Truth about Mental Health

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Years back when studying communications and psychology at university I wrote a thesis on Ecopsychology. At the time ecopsychology was a fairly obscure arm of psychology and my lecturers had never heard of it.

Ecopsychology explores the synergistic relation between personal health and well-being and the health and well-being of the Earth. It’s an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of psychology, ecology and environmental philosophy. 

Ecopsychologists theorize that human beings have become disconnected from the natural environment which significantly contributes to widespread unhappiness. They also theorize that we all have a collective eco-unconscious which is aware at some level of our current environmental crisis. This deep, sometimes repressed, sense of urgency to take action and protect our species can express itself as “anxiety” and “depression.” In other words if the planet is suffering so too do we as individuals on some level.

In my thesis I suggested…

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