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Ecopsychology: what is ecopsychology?

Ecopsychology is the study of how people interact with their environment using concepts from ecology and psychology.

What is ecopsychology?

Ecopsychology examines how individuals interact with the natural environment using ecological and psychological ideas and research methods.

In fact, the term “ecopsychology” was coined by Theodore Roszak in 1992 after he recognized the need to unite environmental and psychological issues.

The main goal is to promote harmony between humans and the environment to create a sustainable society and a better life for all.

Person looking at the sea, connecting to nature as the main objective of ecopsychology

Applied ecopsychology

Ecopsychology is not only theoretical but also practical. It aims to help people develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural environment through experience and knowledge.

A growing number of studies support the positive impact of exposure to nature on health, stress reduction and healing.

Human beings’ desire for nature is now increasingly taken into account by governments, businesses and health care providers in their planning and daily activities.
Indeed, the areas of application are varied:

Mental well-being

There are many theories behind ecopsychology, but one plays a key role in how the discipline is known today. The idea is that humans have an innate need for connection with nature. This is fundamental to our mental and physical health. Thus, a lack of contact with the natural environment can lead to problems such as anxiety, depression and stress.

Numerous studies have already shown the importance of contact with nature for individuals’ mental health. For example, people living in green areas tend to have lower levels of stress and mental illness than those in cities.

Physical well-being

The benefits of ecopsychology are not limited to mental health. Studies have also shown that experiencing the natural environment can lead to stress reduction and faster recovery in patients with diseases such as cancer.

Climate change

In addition, ecopsychology could help solve the climate crisis our planet is currently facing.

Its aim is not only to help people connect with the natural environment, but also to promote social and political action to protect the environment.

According to some experts, lack of connection with the natural environment can lead to inattention and apathy toward nature, causing a negative impact on the environment.

OutBe and Ecopsychology

As in ecopsychology, the connection between environment and person is fundamental to the well-being of both, OutBe also shares this philosophy.

Indeed, OutBe strives to improve relationships between communities and the natural environment. In fact, through outdoor programs we support people and businesses in promoting sustainable use of natural resources, biodiversity protection, and the preservation of ecosystems.