Please Excuse My Nature-Deficit Disorder

By: 

Is the state of the planet affecting our psyches?

A recent article in the New York Times Magazine caught my attention when it uncovered advances in ecopsychology.  This relatively new branch of psychology is rooted in the idea that “grief, despair, and anxiety are the consequences of dismissing… deep-rooted ecological instincts.”  To sum it up, people are actually suffering psychological effects of the degradation of our planet and in the future, disorders like “nature-deficit disorder” might be as common as attention-deficit disorder is today.

Who knew that lack of ecological responsibility could actually harm our psyches?  And if this does indeed become an even greater problem in the future, what kind of new therapies will be used to help people develop stronger and healthier connections to the planet?

Read the entire article for yourself.

Topic: 

Tags: 

Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <p> <div> <br> <sup> <sub>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Refresh Type the characters you see in this picture. Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.