Ecopsychology Science, Totems, and the Technological Species

ISBN-10: 0262517787

ISBN-13: 9780262517782

Edition: 2012

List price: $34.00
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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.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Acknowledgments
About the Contributors
Introduction to Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species
The Topophilia Hypothesis: Ecopsychology Meets Evolutionary Psychology
A Nature Language
What Is Ecopsychology? A Radical View
Ecotherapy
Building the Science Base: Ecopsychology Meets Clinical Epidemiology
Ecovillages: Information Tools and Deeply Sustainable Living
Can Architecture Become Second Nature? An Emotion-Based Approach to Nature-Oriented Architecture
Psychological Discontent: Self and Science on Our Symbiotic Planet
Psychoterratic Conditions in a Scientific and Technological World
Beauty and the Brain
Sacred Geography
Afterword
Name Index
Subject Index
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