In this book, the author seeks to bridge the centuries old split between the psychological and the ecological. Searching for an environmental dimension to sanity, the author makes the point that the sanity that binds us to one another in society is not necessarily the sanity that bonds us companionably to the creatures with whom we share the ...
In this book, the author seeks to bridge the centuries old split between the psychological and the ecological. Searching for an environmental dimension to sanity, the author makes the point that the sanity that binds us to one another in society is not necessarily the sanity that bonds us companionably to the creatures with whom we share the planet. From the viewpoint of non-human nature, what passes for sane behaviour in our social affairs might well be seen as madness. This book insists that a true "ecopsychology" sees the needs of the planet and the needs of the person as a continuum. Weaving science and psychiatry, poetry and politics together, it shows that the ecological priorities of the biosphere are also being expressed through our most private emotional and spiritual concerns. The Earth's cry for rescue from the punishing weight of the industrial system we have created mirrors precisely our own cry for a different scale and quality of life, one that will free us to become whole and healthy people.
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-04-20 Our culture is psychotic in its rift between the personal and the planetary, maintains Roszak ( The Making of a Counterculture ). Drawing freely on Jung, Freud and the Gaia hypothesis, the California State University historian posits an ``ecological unconscious'' in each person, a living record of cosmic evolution capable of linking us synergistically to the natural environment. But this awareness has been repressed, he contends in a bold, ambitious philosophical essay. His sketchy outline of a new discipline and therapy, ``ecopsychology,'' is built around a dense critique of tribal animism, systems theory, Teilhard de Chardin, humanistic psychology, ecofeminism and ``deep ecology,'' the mystical-feminist wing of environmentalism. The tools of Roszak's therapy include communion with wilderness, nature mysticism and traditional healing techniques, coupled with a sizing down of large cities, which he condemns for their inhuman scale. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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