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Have You Packed Your 10 Essentials for Mental Well-being?

If you have hiked or climbed, you might be familiar with the “ten essentials” – a list of things to pack along to keep you safe and to use in case of accident or emergency (like water, map and compass, extra clothing, and a first aid kit). I was lucky to visit the Canadian Rockies [...]

Cultivating a Globally Sustainable Self

In this post, I want to introduce and briefly describe a somewhat challenging concept: The idea that “cultivating a globally sustainable self” is an important yet often overlooked part of creating stronger, more resilient human systems.   Where does this “Globally Sustainable Self” concept come from? In working with colleagues across academic disciplines, geographic areas [...]

Thomas Doherty interview at APA PsycIQ

Source: Thomas Doherty works at the Intersection of Psychology and Environmental Science  Delia O'Hara | June 7, 2018   For APA Fellow Thomas Doherty, sustainability, and the psychology of climate change, have become a big part of his focus. Clinical psychologist Thomas Doherty has coined a term — "climate hostages" — to describe people who feel the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]