Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Ecopsychology: A Personal and Critical Exploration
by Bucci, Erin, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 60; 1507550
Abstract (Summary)

Ecopsychology is an approach that blends and extends both psychology and ecology, redefining psychology to include intrapsychic phenomena and social relations as well as stressing the relationship of humans to other species and ecosystems. Ecopsychology emphasizes the interdependence of all life on the planet, highlighting how a psychic disconnect from the earth contributes to planetary peril and increased psychological suffering. The field promotes insight into the narratives, images, and unconscious foundations that underlie the worldview of industrialized societies, encouraging behavioral change based on this understanding. Employing a heuristic research methodology, the author explores how an ecopsychological orientation might be developed over the course of an individual life and the impact that such a perspective may have on the quality of that life. An account of the author’s experience demonstrates how a furthering of ecopsychological consciousness enlivens a natural sense of responsibility towards self, other, and the earth that favors sustainability.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pye, Lori
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental philosophy, Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1507550
ISBN: 978-1-267-19328-5
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