Nature and self: an ambivalent attachment?

Jordan, Martin (2009) Nature and self: an ambivalent attachment? Ecopsychology, 1 (1). pp. 26-31. ISSN 1942-9347

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This article explores how our attachment to nature is formed in our early love relationships and draws on ideas from psychodynamic theory and contemporary research in developmental psychology to explore the development of the self, the importance of attachment, how “splits” have formed between self and nature as a protection against vulnerability, and potential ways forward in dealing with this. The article argues that at the heart of our current ecological crisis are fundamental problems of dependency and vulnerability, resulting for many in an ambivalent attachment to nature. Understanding the complex ways in which humans react to intimacy as a result of early attachment is central to the project of ecopsychology and the ways in which people can help understand and shift the nature of their relationships, both to the planet and with each other. The article concludes by looking at evidence for a securely attached “ecological self” and the potential for developmental models to promote this.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is a copy of an article published in Ecopsychology © 2009 [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; Ecopsychology is available online at:
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1089/eco.2008.0003
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2012 13:03
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2015 15:32

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