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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 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 premier psychotherapists, thinkers, and eco-activists working in this field. James Hillman, the world-renowned Jungian analyst, identifies as the “one core issue for all psychology” the nature and limits of human identity, and relates this to the condition of the planet. Earth Island Institute head Carl Anthony argues for “a genuinely multicultural self and a global civil society without racism” as fundamental to human and earthly well-being. And Buddhist writer and therapist Joanna Macy speaks of the need to open up our feelings for our threatened planet as an antidote to environmental despair. “Is it possible,” asks co-editor Theodore Roszak, “that the planetary and the personal are pointing the way forward to some new basis for a sustainable economic and emotional life?” Ecopsychology in practice has begun to affirm this, aided by these definitive writings.


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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 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 premier psychotherapists, thinkers, and eco-activists working in this field. James Hillman, the world-renowned Jungian analyst, identifies as the “one core issue for all psychology” the nature and limits of human identity, and relates this to the condition of the planet. Earth Island Institute head Carl Anthony argues for “a genuinely multicultural self and a global civil society without racism” as fundamental to human and earthly well-being. And Buddhist writer and therapist Joanna Macy speaks of the need to open up our feelings for our threatened planet as an antidote to environmental despair. “Is it possible,” asks co-editor Theodore Roszak, “that the planetary and the personal are pointing the way forward to some new basis for a sustainable economic and emotional life?” Ecopsychology in practice has begun to affirm this, aided by these definitive writings.

30 review for Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth/Healing the Mind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    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 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 resemble something artificial. Cultural and individual wholeness can only take place when we recognize that we are an integral part of the environment. This book provides dozens of perspectives on how this can be accomplished.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mads P.

    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 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 the essays are very scholarly. But it is filled with ideas and interesting concepts. There was only one essay I strongly disagreed with: it was all about technology having a negative impact on the environment. This essay showed the age of the book. It was written about ten years ago, I believe.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kendylus Roboticus

    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. 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Clivemichael

    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." The 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." The Wilderness Effect And Ecopsychology -Robert Greenway- "The experience of separation is an essential context for domination; domination is the root of exploitation. And thus we destroy our habitat, the very basis of our survival as a species."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Roiger

    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 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 as a good introduction to its intersection with ecology and a more cosmological worldview.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alannah Balfour

    Primary text for my undergraduate thesis in Environmental Studies!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    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 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 and within the world and its limits

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    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. 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    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. 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    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!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    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. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Mello

    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!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Yet another book that helps me heal and saves my life, over and over

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nico Daniel

    This book is what my heart's been trying to tell me since I was born. This book is what my heart's been trying to tell me since I was born.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Suzanna

    My textbook from the Ecopsychology course at Naropa.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dina Mahmoud

    My Ecopsychological Bible:)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Eliot

    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... 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...

  19. 4 out of 5

    P. Es

    Interview on the book here; http://www.williamjames.com/transcrip... Interview on the book here; http://www.williamjames.com/transcrip...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gemini

    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. 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Renée Davis

  22. 5 out of 5

    Keith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike Brandon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Forest

  26. 5 out of 5

    V

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  28. 5 out of 5

    nate_gates

  29. 4 out of 5

    June

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deryn

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