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Why You Love the Earth

Why do you love the Earth? With the 48th anniversary of “Earth Day” coming up Sunday, April 22, this is a timely question. Some people feel very much a part of the Earth as they experience an interconnectedness with nature. Others are more neutral on the subject, while some even have negative views of nature. [...]

Nature-based Stress Reduction

Nature-based stress reduction is a term I coined a number of years ago. It brings together two separate but very complementary strands of thought about (1) the benefits of mindfulness and (2) the experience of nature and the natural world. There is a well-established school of thought around the benefits of mindfulness that includes the [...]

Overcoming Your Psychological “Code Debt”

Building on my post about “psychological operating systems,” I want to discuss the related concept of “code debt” as a metaphor for old patterns and mindsets that can hold us back. In the computing and technology world, “code debt” (and the related concept of technical debt) refers to a buildup of old programs, patches and [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Climate Change as a Psychologist’s Personal and Professional Life Focus

Although I’ve been aware of climate change for many years, it wasn’t until I was invited to join an American Psychological Association Climate Change Task Force about ten years ago that I formally got involved in working to understand how climate change affects people. I was the only clinical psychologist in group, and I worked [...]

Groundhog Day as a Time of Inspiration

This article was originally posted by Dr. Thomas Doherty in 2017. "Ground Hog Day" is always on February 2. The forecast is cloudy for the Pacific Northwest tomorrow, so likely to be challenging for people or other mammals to see their shadow!  Think about the time around Groundhog Day as opportunity to celebrate that you made it [...]

How to Think about the End of the Year

Celebrating the end of the year and New Years’ is arbitrary. You could think of January 1st as just another day. But, you can also leverage this transition for self-reflection and a way to mark time. This is a symbolic opportunity and a real fact: You have just lived through a whole and precious year [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|Climate Change, Environmental Identity, Health|0 Comments

Your Psychological “Operating System”

I’ve done counseling and coaching with many people in the tech sector. Over time, I’ve developed a number of technology and computing analogies to help these folks get a handle on their thought processes and better understand why they act the way they do, especially in their personal relationships. But, this is not just for [...]

By | September 29th, 2017|Health|0 Comments

May Day and the Beginning of Summer

May 1st, “May Day” is a world-wide holiday celebrating events in history and culture. It is a marker of the seasons, and a touchstone for many political traditions including the International labor movement, the old Soviet Union, and Cold War-era US patriotic observances. In the context of your personal health and sustainability, the beginning of May [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Health, Personal Sustainability|0 Comments

Questioning the NY Times Climate Change Coverage Decision

The decision by the New York Times to hire a well-known "climate denier" to its editorial staff is troubling. I understand the desire to understand how different people think and to illustrate different views.* But, with climate change there are certain rules. My view, and I think many other educated people agree, is that it [...]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Climate Change, Environmental Identity, Media|0 Comments

Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance | Climate for Health

Source: Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance "Any of the interlinked problems within climate change—poverty, inequality, loss of treasured places, species extinction, threats to our well-being or livelihood—can hook us emotionally and intellectually.These issues lead to feelings of curiosity and insight, as well as fatigue and despair. Clinicians can help individuals [...]