Applied ecopsycholgy


Applied ecopsycholgy

Date: Fri, 12 May 1995 17:39:26 GMT
Subject: Applied ecopsycholgy

Date: Fri, 12 May 95 08:10:22 WET DST
From: (gert braakman)
Subject: Applied ecopsycholgy



Project NatureConnect

Updated from Psychology Today, May-June 1994

>From the druids of the Celtic forests to the great tribes of American
Indians, people have sought peace and wisdom by living according to the
laws of Mother Nature. Unfortunately, this century will be remembered
for unprecedented exploitation of nature--and widespread psychological
disturbance of individuals.

No coincidence to Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D., pioneer of what he calls
integrated ecology. A synthesis of ecology and psychology, integrated
ecology proposes that both the destruction of the Earth's environment
and people's isolation, stress and dysfunction stem from a fundamental
denial of our connection to nature. And by reconnecting with nature,
not surprisingly, we reverse our disorders.

Western civilization emphasizes only the faculties of sight, reason, and
language, forcing most of us to suppress our natural senses--all 53 of
them, by Cohen's reckoning. Among them: hunger, thirst, compassion;
color, sex, place; community, nurturing and peace. Spending over 95% of
our lives cloistered and indoors leaves these natural sensory
connections excessively wanting; human dysfunction and evils--cigarette
smoking to greed to violence --naturally follow.

Cohen is not a lone hunter of the bond between man and nature.
According to Pulitzer-Prize winning sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson,
Ph.D., of Harvard, people have an inherent biological need to be in
contact with the out-of-doors. He calls it "biophilia", and believes
that nature may hold the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive,
and even spiritual satisfaction. Our childhood love of animals and
natural myths and fairy tales may be early evidence of our basic
affinity for nature and its instructive and healing properties.

Counseling by connecting with nature? Cohen has devised therapeutic home
study training manuals, workshops, on-site and Email/correspondence
courses whose activities, in backyards or back country, re-create many
beneficial conditions of earlier hunting, gathering, and communal
living. In the American Psychological Association Journal "The
Humanistic Psychologist" (Vol. 21, No. 3), he reports that while on
these education programs, participant's personality and eating disorders
subside, learning and other cognitive abilities improve, and violence
and prejudice dissolve. His participant's learn to do and own
unforgettable nature connecting activities that catalyze these results
throughout their lives. Gradually, a deep environmental literacy
evolves that rejuvenates their natural senses, balance and joy.

We invite you to consider and network/link with this program. We
welcome your questions and comments.

Visit us at

Information available at this site:

-Newly researched nature connecting methods and materials for Education,
Environment and Mental Health training.

-Remarkable sensory ecology activities for wellness, spirit and deeper

-Home study and distance learning ecopsychology training programs,
internships and facilitator positions. Academic and professional credit.

For additional information mail to:

Original posting date: 
Sunday, July 30, 1995
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