What is Ecopsychology?
Ecopsychology, a transdisciplinary field of inquiry, bridges the sciences and humanities in order to stimulate insight into nature and human nature; and fosters a mature, empathic and ethical ethos toward all of life. It utilizes ecological, biological and depth psychological principles essential to the examination and transformation of unconscious narratives that drive human practices, civic illiteracy, policies, and decisions for how we design and build our world.
Ecopsychology is an examination of how we are biologically, ecologically, and psychologically interconnected with our world, and how human behavior and practices impact every system on the planet in both creative and destructive ways. The practice promotes a response toward the continued despoliation of the environment, society, and economics, all of which spawn from interconnected narratives. It requires an ethical and obligatory relationship with all of life.
An ecopsychological education cultivates:
- Competency in dealing with complex and contested questions,
- Civic literacy and how we develop public responsibility and consciousness,
- Creative thought and imagination that can offer ways of transforming destructive narratives and practices into workable and sustainable solutions,
- Self-reflection and capacity to act with principled dignity.
- Ecopsychology educates humanity about our manner of living, which can make all the difference in how we survive as a species.
Students studying Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities bring a more prepared, perceptive, empathic, and mature dimension global citizenship.