Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species
- Author/s: Kahn, Peter H., Jr.; Hasbach, Patricia H.
- Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
- ISBN: 9780262017862
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 360 pages
- Publication date: 14 August 2012
- Dimensions: 152mm (Width), 229mm (Height), 17mm (Spine width)
- Weight: 590g
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. The hardcover edition does not include a dust jacket.