Patricia H. Hasbach

Patricia H. Hasbach is a licensed clinical psychotherapist in private practice in Eugene, Oregon, and a faculty member in the Department of Counseling Psychology at Lewis & Clark College, where she is codirector of the Ecopsychology Certificate Program. Hasbach and Peter H. Kahn, Jr., are coeditors of Ecopsychology: Science, Totems, and the Technological Species (MIT Press, 2012).

  • The Rediscovery of the Wild

    The Rediscovery of the Wild

    Peter H. Kahn, Jr. and Patricia H. Hasbach

    A compelling case for connecting with the wild, for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species

    We often enjoy the benefits of connecting with nearby, domesticated nature—a city park, a backyard garden. But this book makes the provocative case for the necessity of connecting with wild nature—untamed, unmanaged, not encompassed, self-organizing, and unencumbered and unmediated by technological artifice. We can love the wild. We can fear it. We are strengthened and nurtured by it. As a species, we came of age in a natural world far wilder than today's, and much of the need for wildness still exists within us, body and mind. The Rediscovery of the Wild considers ways to engage with the wild, protect it, and recover it—for our psychological and physical well-being and to flourish as a species.

    The contributors offer a range of perspectives on the wild, discussing such topics as the evolutionary underpinnings of our need for the wild; the wild within, including the primal passions of sexuality and aggression; birding as a portal to wildness; children's fascination with wild animals; wildness and psychological healing; the shifting baseline of what we consider wild; and the true work of conservation.

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    • Paperback $30.00 £25.00
  • Ecopsychology

    Ecopsychology

    Science, Totems, and the Technological Species

    Peter H. Kahn, Jr. and Patricia H. Hasbach

    An ecopsychology that integrates our totemic selves—our kinship with a more than human world—with our technological selves.

    We need nature for our physical and psychological well-being. Our actions reflect this when we turn to beloved pets for companionship, vacation in spots of natural splendor, or spend hours working in the garden. Yet we are also a technological species and have been since we fashioned tools out of stone. Thus one of this century's central challenges is to embrace our kinship with a more-than-human world—"our totemic self"—and integrate that kinship with our scientific culture and technological selves.

    This book takes on that challenge and proposes a reenvisioned ecopsychology. Contributors consider such topics as the innate tendency for people to bond with local place; a meaningful nature language; the epidemiological evidence for the health benefits of nature interaction; the theory and practice of ecotherapy; Gaia theory; ecovillages; the neuroscience of perceiving natural beauty; and sacred geography. Taken together, the essays offer a vision for human flourishing and for a more grounded and realistic environmental psychology.

    • Hardcover $11.75 £9.99
    • Paperback $35.00 £28.00