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Human-to-nature relationship is psychology

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  • Posted By: kevin_476
  • April 14, 2007
  • 10:19 AM

The one discipline that, sad to say, has hitherto remained virtually untouched by any concern for the environment or the human-to-nature relationship is psychology. You will search in vain in the texts and journals of any of the major schools of psychology—clinical, behaviorist, cognitive, physiological, humanistic or transpersonal—for any theory or research concerning the most basic fact of human existence: the fact of our relationship to the natural world of which we are a part.
Any thoughts on whether your relationship with nature is or should be a genuine concern?

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  • I’ve been working on Ecopsychology and closely associated with “Institute of Global Education” special NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Their site is www.ecopsych.com The web site provides a great deal of information about human ecology and the organic application of ecopsychology and ecotherapy.
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  • the natural world is of paramount importance in developing our most human nature.i agree that the topic has had insufficient attention.,possibly because the questions it raises are obscure and challenging.that is good of course.it is to the poets we must turn if we want hints about how to approach the matter.start with the "lake leman" lines from "childe harolds pilgrimage" by lord byron.---then look at "lines written above tintern abbey"by w.wordsworth. if you find the stuff hard to understand,learn the poetry,until you own it.(this is the reason poetry is so seldom loved and understood,people try to skip the learning stage.)then the poems can work on your unconscious mind,and perhaps after several or even very many , years,meaning will emerge,and they will reward you with new perspectives which will surprise and delight you.it is not fast or easy,but poetry will reach where graphs and corelations will not.i suspect the same may be true of landcape painting,(you could look at the work of paul nash.)))but i cant help you there with method.perhaps that too is the same.
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  • "Science" as a social insititution seems to despise the natural world in general as a messy and "primitive" place that defies their simplistic "rule-based" assumptions and theories. They would rather dissect a dead rat than observe the live animal in its natural environment. For every naturalist scientist like the late "Croc Hunter" Steve Irwin there are about a 1,000 arrogant lab-bound types who probably would dissect you and me alive, if society allowed them to. When they do interract with nature it always seems like just efforts to categorize, quantify, track, and monitor the animals. Never to understand them as wholistic beings. The spiritual natural view and the "big science" view are anathema. Science should be replaced by something less fear-based, more compassionate, and a lot less self-serving (to the egos of the scientists). The scientific method deals only with the physical, not the metaphysical, and it even does a poor job with the physical these days, as most scientist now break their own first principle, they design expierments rigged only to confirm a pre-assumed hypothesis, rather than open experiments which might disprove their cherished assumptions. I could write a whole thesis here, but you get the point. "The ash piles of Science pray for rain." Teamnorm@aol.com if you want more opinion.
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  • the problem is that human nature(!!)seems to embody all that is tender and all that is terrifying about the natural world.we live in this tension of opposites,and we always have .thinkers from earlier ages have called this "the problem of good and evil" it will not go away but we can work to understand it.;in my experience it is set forth best in "lord of the flies"by william golding.much contemplation of the natural world seems to me to be a sort of sentimentalised craving to be more clean and pure than experience tells us we are.is this any use?i mean ,is it a productive activity?--------------lord of the flies ,by the way,needs to be read over a lifetime,with many opportunities for discussion,with people who have properly prepared themselves. but none of it wll make much sense if you have not immersed yourself in the great project of human affairs ;you need to see the examples played out before you!(catch 22 is like that too.)the other human miracles such as the ability to create beauty,and our wonderful capacity for courage,seem to me to be less informative of our natural being....i know ,parallels can be found in that "every boys book of nature "sort of way,but that is not what i mean here.
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  • As a Newbie, I am always searching online for stuff that can help me. Thank you for your help.
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