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Andy Fisher

Andy Fisher is a scholar, author and registered psychotherapist from Eastern Ontario, with expertise in both Buddhist Psychology and Ecopsychology.

Andy sits of the editorial board of the journal “Ecopsychology“, the only peer-reviewed journal that places psychology and mental health in an ecological context to recognize the links between human health, culture, and the health of the planet, and also teaches a certificate in ecopsychology along with Craig Chalquist and Linda Buzzell-Saltzman at the Pacifica Graduate Institute.

He is lead author of “Men and Healing: Theory, Research, and Practice in Working with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse” and the book which forms the basis of today’s discussion, “Radical Ecopsychology: Psychology in the Service of Life”.

In today’s episode we discuss the relatively new field of ecopsychology which explores the relationship between human beings and the natural world through the lens of ecology and psychology.

We explore how human beings have become alienated from nature and why this matters, the difference between ecopsychology and plain old conservation politics, to what extent capitalism helps or hinders our relationship with the natural world, and if and how it’s possible for both individuals and civilisation as a whole to reconnect with nature.

 

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Related Links

AndyFisher.ca – Andy’s website

What Is Ecopsychology? – Good introductory blog post by Andy

Ecopsychology Year-Long Training Program

Men and Healing: Theory, Research, and Practice in Working with Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse – Andy’s book (Free PDF version)

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Joe Strike

Joe Strike (@JoeStrike) is an artist, writer, and producer based in New York.

He is the author of “Furry Nation: The True Story of America’s Most Misunderstood Subculture” which won the the 2017 Ursa Major Award for Best Non-Fiction Work and is all about the history of furry fandom and how becoming a Furry transformed his own life.

Joe’s “fursona” Komos is the co-star of Komos & Goldie, an ongoing superhero comic co-created and written by Joe and British fur Oliver Coombes, and made the cover of Huck magazine in December 2017 for an arts and culture story on the furry lifestyle.

In today’s episode we explore the subculture of furry fandom and the people who like to dress-up as their anthropomorphic animal alter-egos.

We trace the the origins of furry fandom, how furries develop their “fursona” and design their fursuits, the psychological motivations behind the lifestyle, and how much, or how little, furry fandom is related to sex and sexuality.

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Related Links

JoeStrike.com – Joe’s website

FurryNation.com – Homepage for the “Furry Nation” book

Komos & Goldie – Tumblr page

FurAffinity.net – the internet’s largest online gallery for furry, anthro, dragon, brony art work and more

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Cait Flanders

Cait Flanders (@caitflanders) is former binge consumer turned mindful consumer.

Between 2011-2016 she was the writer the behind the popular personal finance blog “Blonde on a Budget”, where she documented her journey out of $28,000 worth of personal debt.

She is currently the author of CaitFlanders.com where she has expanded her interests into issues as diverse as minimalism, travel, health, social media.

Her latest project, “The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store“,  is a self-help memoir that documents her life for the first twelve months of a two-year shopping ban and decluttering experiment, and also forms the basis of today’s conversation.

In today’s episode we discuss the links between consumerism and things like addiction and self-esteem, the challenges and benefits of decluttering your life, and also offers some tips and ideas on how to spend both your money, and your time, more wisely.
 

Related Links

CaitFlanders.com – Minimalism, travel, health and social media blog

Cait on Instagram

Cait on Twitter

The Slow Home Podcast with Brooke McAlary

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Image courtesy: Cait Flanders