Deep Ecopsychology rises from three core principles. In brief these are:

Depth Psychologies assert that for every observable expression (or surface structure) of human consciousness there is a corresponding deep structure motivation; what we see for instance expressed as behaviour has its motivations at a layer that exists beneath and before that behaviour, that we are often unaware of. Psychology is a broad term used to describe the study of how humans create relate to themselves, and the world around them.

Ecology asserts that ‘Life’ is a series of inter-dependent dynamic systems and sub-systems, each with their own unique and evolving motivations and expressions that contribute to and compliment the whole. Moreover, it asserts that the health of the whole and any sub-system thereof is fundamentally dependent on the quality of the relationship between its parts.

Psychology is the term given to the study of the evolution of individual and collective meaning making amongst humans. It explores the way we strive to make sense of our lives and give them meaning. It’s interested in the development of our beliefs, values, behaviours and creative outputs, including our psycho-pathologies. It seeks to discover not merely what people think and feel, but rather what bio, psycho, social influences and contexts have led them to think, feel and behave the way they do. Whilst understanding these processes is important and often profoundly useful, true psychology seeks the creative integration, embodiment and meaningful utilisation of these thoughts and feelings at both the individual and collective layers of experience.

 
 

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