Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology
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Voice of the Earth: An Exploration of Ecopsychology

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Examining perspectives on the connection between man's inner being and the outer world, this title covers topics such as the Anthropic Principle, Gaia Hypothesis, mysticism, religion, nature, and more.
Paperback, 377 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Phanes Press (first published 1992)
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May 03, 2008 Chaz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: psychologists, ecologists, philosophers
A highly detailed introduction to the field of eco-psychology. It would be helpful to have a good understanding of psychology, philosophy and ecology before reading this. This book is incredibly in-depth and proposes many questions to the reader about the meaning of life, the creation of the universe, and our interconnectivity with all species.

The Hermetic saying "as above, so below" for the sake of brevity sums up the various suppositions presented here. The author wants us to understand when w...more
Heather Smith
The founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, did not believe that psychoanalysis would bring men to happiness. Far from it. In his view, his theory of psychoanalysis was the "third outrage" in humankind's long, arduous march from superstition to civilization. The first was Copernicus' discovery that our Earth is not the center of the universe; the second, the Darwinian revolution in biology which robbed man of his sense of being specially created by God, relegating him to having descended from...more
This book took me a painfully long time to read (3 months!) because I kept having to stop and read other things that weren't so "heavy." Don't get me wrong, most of the books I read are academic (non novel) books, but this one was too much. Maybe if I had a background in psychology, philosophy or cosmology I would have gotten more out of it. There is a LOT of info in this book, but I don't feel it flowed together well at all.

Personally, if I did it again, I would skip chapters 4, 5, 10 & 11...more
Braden Canfield
A remarkable and thought provoking book from a historian with a tremendous breadth of knowledge. This is a strong argument advocating for psychology to join the forces of ecologists in attempting to heal our collective insanity evidenced by our species apparent voracious appetite for destroying our own habitat. It is a bit weak on practical strategies but attempts to point the way. I believe he tackles practicalities in a follow-up volume.
I liked this book though I found Roszak's voice a bit dry. I was left wanting more than was addressed in this book. I have a desire to see the idea of ecopsychology broadened.
This one introduced me to ecopsychology.
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