Contributions of Ecopsychology

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They are as following: Including the natural environment in psychology and psychotherapy. Direct encounters with the natural world foster mental health across a full spectrum including healing emotional trauma, working with addictions and recovery, reducing stress, strengthening self-confidence and leadership abilities, and cultivating peak experiences and spiritual growth. Promoting more effective strategies for environmental action. Ecopsychology draws on positive emotions such as joy, love, and deep bonds with the natural world, rather than anxiety, guilt, and deprivation, to promote environmental action which is ecologically-informed, psychologically-sophisticated, and sustainable over the long haul. Supporting more sustainable lifestyles through an integration of psychological and environmental perspectives. Recognizing the fundamental connections between humans and the natural world provides a foundation for lifestyles which consider human health and welfare as inseparable from environmental health and welfare. Ecopsychology shows how long-term benefits to humans and the natural world are complementary. At the same time, it calls for critical thinking about the implications of human societies based on exploitation, consumerism, and domination - of other people as well as the environment. Expanding a nature-based spiritual path. Ecopsychology can contribute both understanding and practices for including the natural world in spiritual paths. Note that this is my addition and not so common in other ecopsychological approaches.