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Psychologist Claims Dr. Dolittle is not Fiction.

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Dr. Michael J. Cohen
Institute of Global Education
360-378-6313
nature@pacificrim.net
http://www.ecopsych.com

Psychologist Claims Dr. Dolittle is not Fiction.

Friday Harbor, Washington, June 22, 2001: In regard to a newly released Dr. Dolittle film starring Eddy Murphy, Environmental Education ecopsychologist, Dr. Michael J. Cohen at the Institute of Global Education, Project NatureConnect, says that, like Dr. Dolittle, anybody can, to their benefit, communicate with animals, plants and rocks, and he shows them how. The Institute, in conjunction with several Universities, is a special NGO consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Ecopsychologists explore the relationship of the human psyche and ecology.

Cohen has directed outdoor education programs for the past 50 years in National Parks and sanctuaries. He says "Dr. Dolittle is not entirely fictional. We are attracted to the Dolittle character because, like him, we are born with the gift of nature-communication. We each have valuable, sensory, nature-connecting abilities that, to our loss, we de-energize through disuse in our nature-separated society".

Since 1986 Cohen has researched and taught a readily available, nature connected, psychology, the Natural Systems Thinking Process. It enables people to restore their nature-communication senses through sensory contacts with nature. Once revitalized, the healing properties of these re-energized senses enable people to feel joy, help themselves and others reduce stress-related disorders, and improve their personal and environmental relationships. Some people experience this phenomenon as a spiritual awakening similar to the awareness savored by cultures that live close to nature.

Cohen, who has written four self-guiding books on educating and counseling with nature, notes that biologically, humanity and nature are one. We hold in common with nature, attraction bonds, the cohesive force that organizes natural systems -including people- in purity, balance, and beauty. People emotionally and spiritually experience at least 53 of these attraction bonds sensuously, as an innate love of nature that Harvard Pulitzer Prize recipient E.O. Wilson has identified as "Biophilia."

We don't fight to save what we don't love," says Cohen echoing Stephen Jay Gould, the best selling Harvard paleontologist. "We help the public improve personal and environmental relationships by making readily available a Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP). This tool helps people to go a step farther that the Dolittle film story about saving a natural area. NSTP enables people to revitalize and sustain our inherent love of nature by reconnecting this love with its nurturing origins in Nature. Using NSTP, anybody can preserve human dignity and the environment. It restores our inborn affection for nature and people into our reasoning."

In the August, 2001 issue of "Psychology Today" Cohen, who lives and teaches outdoors on San Juan Island, Washington, notes that with respect to nature's eons of balanced, unpolluted, living experience, there is no substitute for nature, the real thing. He says we must use NSTP to reconnect with genuine nature, backyard or back country, in order to integrate its intelligence and peace into our thinking. It is presently part of several education, recovery and counseling programs.

For Additional Information, Cohen offers a free nature sensitivity intelligence test, free nature connecting activities and online books, courses and degree programs on the internet at http://www.ecopsych.com. He may be reached at 1-360-378-6313, email

Activities, books, courses and degree training programs for communicating with nature.
Information contact:
Dr. Michael J. Cohen
Institute of Global Education
360-378-6313
nature@pacificrim.net
http://www.ecopsych.com

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