The concept of nature has a great variability across cultures and could be considered as an artifact that contains and conveys cultural information. The cross-cultural research on nature suggests that culture is a valuable theoretical framework to understand the wide range of place-oriented attitudes, emotions, and perceptions. Although it is a classic theme in the environmental psychology field, the positive psychological effects triggered by natural environments have been poorly investigated in a cross-cultural perspective, favoring an evolutionary orientation in attempting to settle universal processes. Our contribution criticizes this mainstream view suggesting a crossbreeding with some key concepts coming from positive and cultural psychology (optimal experience, flourishing, positive emotions, vitality, cultural self). Highlighting some recent researches with an alternative view of the nature-well-being relationship, we aim to propose a wider framework encompassing natural areas, positive place experiences and cultures of belonging.

Culture, environmental psychology, and well-being: an emergent theoretical framework / N. Rainisio, P. Inghilleri di Villadauro (CROSS-CULTURAL ADVANCEMENTS IN POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY). - In: Well-Being and cultures : perspectives from positive psychology / [a cura di] H.H. Knoop, A. Delle Fave. - Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 2013. - ISBN 9789400746107. - pp. 103-116 [10.1007/978-94-007-4611-4_7]

Culture, environmental psychology, and well-being: an emergent theoretical framework

N. Rainisio;P. Inghilleri di Villadauro
2013

Abstract

The concept of nature has a great variability across cultures and could be considered as an artifact that contains and conveys cultural information. The cross-cultural research on nature suggests that culture is a valuable theoretical framework to understand the wide range of place-oriented attitudes, emotions, and perceptions. Although it is a classic theme in the environmental psychology field, the positive psychological effects triggered by natural environments have been poorly investigated in a cross-cultural perspective, favoring an evolutionary orientation in attempting to settle universal processes. Our contribution criticizes this mainstream view suggesting a crossbreeding with some key concepts coming from positive and cultural psychology (optimal experience, flourishing, positive emotions, vitality, cultural self). Highlighting some recent researches with an alternative view of the nature-well-being relationship, we aim to propose a wider framework encompassing natural areas, positive place experiences and cultures of belonging.
environmental psychology; cultural psychology; culture; nature; positive psychology; well-being
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