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Why Is It Taking So Long for Psychology to Go Green?
The question is the title of a recent article by psychotherapist and author Linda Buzzell in the Huffington Post’s Generation Change.
Buzelle is one of a community of therapists calling for transformation in mainstream psychology. Their books, articles, blogs and classes invite colleagues and citizens of the world to examine the link between planetary crisis and human consciousness.
“Psychology also mostly ignores humanity’s psychologically-dysfunctional relationship with nature that results in the behavior that is causing global catastrophe,” writes Buzzelle.
She posits an answer to her own question in the words of cultural historian Theodore Roszak:
“Cultures keep secrets; they illuminate some things and suppress others… The environmental disconnection of modern psychology is indeed a conspiracy; a centuries-long collaboration among the best and most authoritative minds of our society to keep human nature as distant, different and disengaged from nature as possible.”
The Holistic Psychology Certificate Program at the New York Open Center invites you to re-engage.
As the center’s co-founder Ralph White describes it, “holistic psychology explores not only the physical and mental dimensions of life, but also the spiritual, ecological, relational, somatic, mythological and transpersonal aspects of the psyche. The separation of these dimensions of the whole person can be seen as contributing to the personal, cultural and planetary crises and pathologies of our time.’”
The program urges psychologists, social workers, therapists, coaches and consultants to explore ecopsychology and transform their relationship with nature to help accelerate the spread of this wisdom in the world.
The program centers around seven thematic weekends taught by faculty partners from the California Institute for Integral Studies with topics including:
- Weekend 1: Introduction to Holistic Psychology
- 1 Day Workshop: Dreams and REBT
- Weekend 2: C.G. Jung: A Psychology of Wholeness
- Weekend 3: Existential, Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychologies
- Weekend 4: Holistic Sexuality
- Weekend 5: The Psychology of the Body
- Weekend 6: TerraPsychology: The Psychology of Place
Weekend 7: The Psychology of Personal and Practical Mythology
8 Books on Holistic Psychology/ Ecopsychology & Connecting with Nature
There are plenty of books and blogs to feed a healthy interest in Holistic Psychology. Here are eight titles for further inquiry into one dimension of this critical and emerging field.
- Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist
- Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition by Carolyn Baker
- Green Psychology: Transforming Our Relationship to the Earth by Ralph Metzner
- Terra Psychology: Re-engaging the Soul of Place by Craig Chalquist
- The Mythic Path: Discovering the Guiding Stories of Your Past – Creating a Vision for Your Future by Stanley Krippner
Tell us about your experience. Why do you think culture changes so slowly? Share your thoughts in the comments section.