By Theodore Roszak

 The core of the mind is the ecological unconscious. For ecopsychology, repression of the ecological unconscious is the deepest root of collusive madness in industrial society; open access to the ecological unconscious is the path to sanity.

 There are a number of fascinating issues ecopsychology has brought into strong, personal focus:

  1. CONSUMPTION HABITS. What are the deep psychological roots of our "materialistic disorders" (as the Cambridge therapist Sarah Conn terms it)?
  2. GENDER STEREOTYPING in our relations with the natural environment. Of special interest here: the compulsive masculinity of western science and technology. Why the need to "conquer" Mother Nature in order to feel secure?
  3. CHILD PSYCHOLOGY and development. Kids are probably born closer to the ecological unconscious than they will ever be again. What goes wrong with them (us)?
  4. DESIGN. What would environmentally intelligent homes, workplaces, cities look and feel like? Why don’t we have many such in our world today? How do we manage to put up with the "madness of cities"?
  5. SUPERSTITIONS OF MONEY. "Gold drives the white man crazy," the Indians used to say. Abstract millions continue to do the same in our high-rolling world – and on an ever greater scale. Again: obvious psychosis. But why?
  6. THE PSYCHIC NEED FOR WILDNESS and wilderness. Can we make a case that mental health requires access to authentic wilderness and our untamed fellow species?

From: Awakening The Ecological UnconsciousEcopsychology: healing our alienation from the rest of Creation

One of the articles in Exploring Our Interconnectedness (IC#34)
Originally published in Winter 1993 on page 48
Copyright (c)1993, 1996 by Context Institute