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Conservation Psychology

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Conservation psychology is the study of the connection between human beings and the environment.

Possibly a lesser known discipline than other areas in the psychological realm, there is an intense focus on ecosystems, renewable resources and conservancy in this particular field.

Influenced by, but not to be confused with environmental psychology, it looks at how the natural world affects our mental and physical health.

This branch of psychology is not afraid to address that human actions are to be attributed to many environmental issues.

It further states that current behaviors need to be modified according to the natural balance intended for the human species. It also does not sway from the fact that there is a decreased sense of self and connection with our bionetwork and that this causes an imbalance, both internally and in the outer world.

Systemic activities that foster sustainability and resolving environmental conflicts are key components, as well as a cognizance of the importance of safeguarding biodiversity. Though a variety of inquiries and applications exist, other research endeavors include examining how humans and animals interact. Also of interest is how ecological awareness develops in humans and the significance of direct nature experiences. Teaching psychology for sustainability provides resources and reference materials pertinent to the field.

Recognizing the interconnection factor and a necessary balance for healthy intellectual and physical wellbeing, conservation psychology is imperative to the environmental community and scientific fields. With research and significant developments needed in areas like energy, consumption and waste, smart applications and furthering sustainable behaviors is dependent on advancements that will benefit and invoke the sense of coherence that is currently lacking.

Conservation psychology as a model can really be applied to any school of thought or career, and other arenas could benefit from taking a more ecologically alert approach.

American Psychological Association: Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology. Retrieved on December 14, 2012 from: APA Divisions.org

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