By Daniel B. Smith, The New York Times Magazine, January 27, 2010

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… Ecopsychology embraces a more revolutionary paradigm: just as Freud believed that neuroses were the consequences of dismissing our deep-rooted sexual and aggressive instincts, ecopsychologists believe that grief, despair and anxiety are the consequences of dismissing equally deep-rooted ecological instincts…

“The idea that personal health and planetary health are connected, that’s not just an idea,” Thomas Doherty [a clinical psychologist in Portland, Ore. Doherty runs a private therapeutic practice called Sustainable Self] told me. It is a proposition, he said, and that proposition can and should be tested.

Is your mental health and feeling of psychological well being tied to your connection, or lack of connection with nature? A new generation of scientist in the field of Ecopsychology is working to quantify proof of an ecological unconscious. Perhaps its time to ‘re-wild’ your psyche.