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April 16, 2014

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How Can We Be Truly Healthy Humans?
Speicher, Switzerland. Global Earth Exchange 2011. Photo from Carla Planzer

Ecopsychology Journal asked psychotherapists, naturalists, artists and others: What needs to happen to bring humans and nature more into alignment? Trebbe Johnson's article in the March 2014 issue is "Gifts for Broken Places: Attending the Earth, Healing the Psyche." She writes, in part:  

 

Ecopsychologists have helped people to confront feelings of sadness, fear, and anger about the loss of places that are important to them and to recognize those responses as valid, rather than as projections of feelings that should be rightly aimed at a parent, spouse, or boss. The field of ecopsychology has broken down walls that once limited the psyche's challenges to human influences and has opened both the focus and the setting of therapy to oceans and parks, creeks explored in childhood, and wetlands currently being plowed up for a mall. Yet how can we be truly healthy humans or build sustainable, resilient communities of people who can cope with ecological stress if we continue to treat the natural world merely as a mirror of the human psyche while ignoring the living reality of places, including damaged places, themselves?


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