Monday, 21 March 2016

Concepts in ecopsychology: Module 9 blog

Daniel B. Smith's article "Is There an Ecological Unconscious?" serves as an introduction to ecopsychology (2010). Some useful vocabulary explained in the piece:

  1. Glenn Albrecht's definition of "solastalgia" as "the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at ‘home’” (cited in Smith, 2010),
  2. Ecopsychology as a "psychological subfield" that posits that "grief, despair and anxiety are the consequences of dismissing equally deep-rooted ecological instincts" (Smith), and 
  3. E.O. Wilson's definition of "biophilia" as the "innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes" (cited in Smith).
Certainly, the words that are emphasized in the above graphic emphasize the concepts behind these definitions. On the side of "nature", falls similar words: "environmental", "ecological" and "environment". On the side of "psychological", falls "ecopsychology", "psychologist", "therapeutic" and "health". 

Without reading "Is There an Ecological Unconscious?", from this graphic I would assume that the article discusses the intersection of nature and psychology. 


Smith, D. B. (2010, January 27). "Is There an Ecological Unconscious?" The New York Times. Retrieved March 21, 2016, from 

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