October 5, 1998
For release at will:
THE GLOBAL CRISIS:
Controversial Nature Psychology Study
Produces a Balanced Thinking Indicator.
At home, work and schools, public participation in a unique, 12 month,
nature psychology study
is underway across the internet. Initiated at the 1998 Belonging to Mother
Earth Indigenous Wisdom and Healing Conference, the study is sponsored
by Project NatureConnect and the Institute of
Global Education in association with the United Nations Office of Public
The study produces a unique Globally Balanced
Thinking Score (GBT Score) that numerically indicates the amount of trust
you can place in a leader, friend or yourself with respect to building
balanced, interpersonal or environmental relationships.
The study is based on the observation that our
society excessively separates people from nature. It recognizes that our
runaway destructive ways seldom change because they are psychologically
bonded addictions that only subside when treated as such. As we feel our
disconnection, in compensation, we often bond to destructive substitute
relationships that produce immediate rewards. The study measures the beneficial
effects of psychologically reconnecting people with natural areas.
The study will continue until November, 2000 and
be available for use in new millennium activities. It involves observing
the effects of the Natural
Systems Thinking Process originated by Dr.
Michael J. Cohen, a veteran ecopsychologist, outdoor educator and researcher
who directs Project NatureConnect and the Applied Ecopsychology program
The Natural Systems Thinking Process radically departs from "normal"
therapeutic practices in that it includes making conscious sensory contacts
with attractions found in natural areas. It has shown
to improve personal, social and environmental relationships.
For 30 years, Dr. Cohen has camped out, taught and researched in natural
areas throughout the seasons. He has developed a sensory nature reconnection
psychology that lets nature help us bridge the hurtful
schism between how we learn to think and the intelligent balancing
process found in natural systems, including our sentient inner nature (inner
Cohen makes his sensory science available, free, by enabling the public,
via the internet
or postal mail, to participate in the process and observe its beneficial
effects firsthand. It is also available through his self-guiding training
With Nature" (Ecopress). People continue to use the process because
they experience the value of the it for themselves.
Many leaders take issue with Dr. Cohen's findings that we are born with
at least 53, not just 5, natural senses. Cohen, in turn, suggests that
because of our separation from nature, most of our leaders have become
desensitized to life in balance, and that's a source of our troubles. He
shows that each natural sense is an intelligence through which we would
normally know, learn and gain satisfactions responsibly when living closer
to nature. Many psychologists confirm his findings.
Educators question Cohen's suggestion that, "Nature is a vital
part of our psyche that, to our loss, we injure, but can recover by psychologically
reconnecting with it." However, Pulitzer-Prize winning sociobiologist
Dr. Edward O. Wilson, of Harvard, affirms that people have an inherent
biological need to be in contact with nature. He says Nature holds the
key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive, and even spiritual satisfaction.
"Our society's estrangement from nature produces sensory unfulfillment,
the insatiable psychological wants we so often experience," says Cohen.
"We feel there is never enough. These discomforting feelings trouble
our thinking and emotionally draw us into greed and other destructive relationships
that seldom exist in nature connected people(s)."
Best-selling researcher, Dr. Larry Dossey, M.D. notes that "The
application of Cohen's nature connected
psychology connects us with the often ignored source of spirit and wellness
found in nature....it heals our deeper being." The process helps a
person let nature nurture their natural ability to critically think with
Cohen has made available, free, the nature reconnection study and therapeutic
activities he has researched. They are available through the study at http://www.ecopsych.com/millecopsy3.html
Postal Contact: P.O Box 1605, Friday Harbor WA 98250. (360) 378-6313.
P.O. Box 1605 Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Dr. Micheal J. Cohen, Director
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