Living in an Environmentally Traumatized World

Healing Ourselves and Our Planet

by Darlyne G. Nemeth, Robert B. Hamilton, and Judy Kuriansky, Editors


The environment is changing, evidenced by recent tsunamis, earthquakes and floods. Additionally, catastrophic oil spills, exploitation of resources, and overpopulation place the earth at even greater risk for calamity. This book provides strategies for coping with the various and constant environmental shifts, and for responsibly managing the inevitable changes.

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September 2012


Pages 239
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Environment

This book follows environmental changes—including those caused by human actions, as well as those resulting from natural circumstances—and provides a process to manage their impact on the future.

Whenever environmental damages are caused by natural or human-made events, there are long-term effects for people. This eye-opening and unprecedented book explains the ongoing turmoil in the environment, while presenting ways to alleviate its effect on humankind's physical and mental health.

Living in an Environmentally Traumatized World: Healing Ourselves and Our Planet discusses recent environmental events and examines the reasons why the resulting changes are inevitable. The authors assert that people experience six universal stages when they suffer from environmental trauma: shock, survivor mode, basic needs, awareness of loss, spin and fraud, and resolution. The book presents coping strategies for navigating negative ecological shifts, and provides a plan of action for responsibly managing our environment. Additionally, profiles of indigenous people who endure under environmental adversity provide real world examples of survival.


  • Contributors from across disciplines, including geology, biology, hydrology and climatology
  • A list of reasons why environmental change is inevitable
  • An exploration of psychological disorders and physical illnesses triggered by disasters


  • Describes six universal stages of environmental trauma
  • Covers a variety of environmental changes
  • Details the impact of humans on each of the elements
  • Explores the political agendas surrounding environmental issues
Author Info

Darlyne G. Nemeth, PhD, MP, MPAP, is clinical medical and neuropsychologist at the Neuropsychology Center of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA, and serves as director of neuropsychology at Sage Rehabilitation Hospital Neuro-Outpatient Services. Her published works include Helping Your Angry Child: A Workbook for You and Your Family and Addressing Anniversary Reactions of Trauma Through Group Processes: The Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Wellness Workshops.

Robert B. Hamilton, PhD, is the author of Historic and Present-Day Forest Conditions: Implications for Bottomland Hardwood Forest Restoration Ecological Rest; Old-Growth Bottomland Hardwood Forests as Bird Habitat; and Implications for Contemporary Forest Management in Ecology and Management of Bottomland Hardwood Systems.

Judy Kuriansky, PhD, is clinical psychologist at Columbia University Teachers College, NY, and director of psychosocial programs for US Doctors for Africa. Her published works include Praeger's Sexuality Education: Past present and Future; Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peace Building Between Israelis and Palestinians; and Terror in the Holy Land: Inside the Anguish of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.



"The overall message of this timely book can be succinctly summed up as 'change is inevitable; we must plan for it and manage. . . .' Summing up: recommended."Choice

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