Ecological Emotions

Ecological Emotions:

Describes the interaction between humans and their environment and the psychological effects that the environment can have on an individual (Frome, 3).

It has been proved that those who have experienced natural disasters have higher rates of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), due to the trauma that they have experienced (Dass-Brailsford, 4). It has also been shown that weather conditions in general affect the mood of individuals, as the cold and dark days of winter can cause depression in some individuals, or seasonal affective disorder. It is therefore clear that the natural environment that one lives in greatly affects one’s emotions. As climate change continues, the rate of natural disasters is predicted to increase (Mysiak, 1). This will only perpetuate more negative ecological emotions, as people will develop a fear of their environment, and will experience loss and depression when the places that they love are destroyed (Johannesson, 22).


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Works Cited:

Dass-Brailsford, Priscilla, et al. “Psychological Effects of the 2010 Haitian Earthquake on Children: An Exploratory Study.” Traumatology, vol. 21, no. 1, Mar. 2015, pp. 14–21.

Frome, Jonathan. “Eight Ways Video Games Generate Emotion .” Authors and Digital Games Research Association , 2007, pp. 831–835.

Johannesson, Kerstin, et al. “Six Years after the Wave. Trajectories of Posttraumatic Stress Following a Natural Disaster.” Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 36, Dec. 2015, pp15–24

Mysiak, Jaroslav, et al. “Brief Communication: Strengthening Coherence between Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction.” Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences, vol. 18, no. 11, Nov. 2018, pp. 3137–3143. EBSCOhost, doi:10.5194/nhess-18-3137-2018.