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Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth/Healing the Mind

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This pathfinding collection has become a seminal text for the burgeoning ecopsychology movement, which has brought key new insights to environmentalism and revolutionized modern psychology. Its writers show how the health of the planet is inextricably linked to the psychological health of humanity, individually and collectively.
Contributors to this volume include the prem
Paperback, 366 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Counterpoint
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Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psychology
Every era throughout history goes through a kind of insanity. Perhaps the psychopathology of modernity is the disconnect between the psyche of nature and the human psyche. We are living in an era where the material aspects of nature are emphasized and exploited for short term economic gain. This is most likely due to our modern disenchanted world view. Technology is the crown of the Enlightenment, but when man removes himself from the Tao, he steps into a void, where human nature begins to resem ...more
Mads P.
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I first got this book in college when I was writing my honors thesis for my environmental studies certificate and English degree. I believe it's out of print now. I decided to re-read it because I'm interested in studying this more in depth now.

The book is composed of many essays that deal with the psychological component of the environmental movement, including how our physical distance from the natural world and knowledge of its destruction affects our psyche.

Not the most entertaining read, as
Kendylus Roboticus
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This book gives insight into the psychological relationship between humans and the earth. It's essential for one to understand their relationship with the world and animals around them and to recognize the connections between all them. One cannot live without the other. ...more
An excellent compilation of forward thinking observations.
Jungian Psychology and the World Unconscious -Stephen Aizenstat-
"The time has come to move beyond the wildly held belief that psychological health is solely a function of individual wholeness and nurturing human relationships. Although this view has obvious therapeutic usefulness, it exists within a framework that perpetuates the separation of person from world and that denies the essential importance of an individuals surroundings."
Brandon Roiger
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecopsychology
The book is an excellent primer to the field of ecopsychology from a varied amount of perspectives of experts who are working within or adjacent to it. It also does a good job of including voices who provide necessary critiques of ecopsychology as a predominantly Western field. I appreciated being able to witness the tension of voices and a field that is able to hold the tension and capacity for critique. I would recommend this to any person who has some familiarity or adjacency with psychology ...more
Alannah Balfour
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Primary text for my undergraduate thesis in Environmental Studies!
Apr 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the eco-curious
this book is a catalog of various attempts or approaches to understanding the psychology of the current human - eco relationship - including the feminist theory that taught masculinity and domination remove "man" from a healthy relationship with nature or that we must understand that the our dying earth must be cared and mourned for - a clear reminder that we cannot just recycle and buy hybrids but that we must remove ourselves from our cosumption obsession and sustainably grow and produce with ...more
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: environment/psychology
ben took a class at MIAD that encompassed the ideas in this book. we've had this book since he took that class...i loved it then, and i have sort of "re" discovered lately. i think this book is what drove ben and i to apprentice on an organic farm after graduation of college.....feeling somewhat detatched from the cycles of nature. ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Four or five of the essays were fascinating but overall I can't really recommend this book. It doesn't even answer the basic question, What is ecopsychology? Apparently there is no single answer to that seemingly simple question. ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every essay had a gem buried in it. And, where are the Ecopsychology training programs in this country??? Jeanette Armostrong (Okanagan elder) wrote the last essay and every word spoke to my heart -- what an amazing woman!
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Ecopsychology, environmental psychology, environmental sociology, conservation psychology - Jesus. It's all documentation of this rare drama onfolding around us now. namely, how we live and how we die.

it's just happening faster than we ever thought.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this for a class in undergrad. I was completely stunned with my emotional reaction to the information in this book. It is a must-read for people that care about the environment.
Daniel Mello
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Straight up: waste no time, as every page must be understood if we are to change our culture for the better! LOVED the Eco-centric insight of a variety of academics. Read it!
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yet another book that helps me heal and saves my life, over and over
Nico Daniel
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is what my heart's been trying to tell me since I was born. ...more
Oct 10, 2008 rated it liked it
My textbook from the Ecopsychology course at Naropa.
Dina Mahmoud
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
My Ecopsychological Bible:)
Jul 11, 2009 rated it liked it
It's not an easy read by any means, but a valuable book. I think it's important that we include our connection with nature as a vital part of mental health. So easy to forget in the city... ...more
Dec 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
I am forcing myself to finish this book. i don't like it at all, but figured it would be a good read, yeah not so much. ...more
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