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By Douglas A. Vakoch

This ebook seeks to confront an obvious contradiction: that whereas we're always getting to environmental concerns, we appear to be woefully out of contact with nature. The objective of Ecopsychology, Phenomenology and the surroundings is to foster an greater know-how of nature that may lead us to new methods of in relation to the surroundings, finally yielding extra sustainable styles of residing. This quantity isn't like different books within the swiftly turning out to be box of ecopsychology in its emphasis on phenomenological ways, development at the paintings of phenomenological psychologists equivalent to Maurice Merleau-Ponty. This specialize in phenomenological methodologies for articulating our direct event of nature serves as a severe supplement to the standard methodologies of environmental and conservation psychologists, who've emphasised quantitative learn. furthermore, Ecopsychology, Phenomenology and the surroundings is targeted insofar as chapters through phenomenologically-sophisticated ecopsychologists are complemented through chapters written by way of phenomenological researchers of environmental matters with backgrounds in philosophy and geology, delivering a breadth and intensity of point of view no longer present in different works written solely through psychologists.

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The second way is directly between an individual and nature, with nature functioning like a nurturing primary caregiver as suggested by Michael’s study. 22 K. Puhakka Great Silence: Nature’s Gift of Being Certain elements of Winnicott’s thought allow his theory to be extended even further, perhaps farther than he might have himself taken it—beyond where the analogy between nature and the human caregiver can take us. In this analogy, the model for healing is provided by the human caregiver who is devoted to the survival and well-being of the infant in his or her care.

If there is, it must itself be “other” than the socially, culturally, and linguistically conditioned self which is constructed in the relationship with a human caregiver to begin with and in other social relationships later. , an analyst) may say about us. In other words, for many if not most psychoanalysts, there is no consciousness outside of language and construction, and there is no human life beyond the psychological. Among the few exceptions is the psychoanalyst W. O. Bion who believed that there is something ontologically if not temporally prior to social construction— a state of being before psychological development or socialization has yet commenced—which he designated with the capital letter “O” (Grotstein 2007).

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