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Personality
Class 11: Environmental Personality
February 28, 2012
The current state of nature
Environmental problems affect human health
Environmental psychologists study what motivates environmentally responsible behaviour
What Motivates Environmental Behaviour (or not)?
Structural factors (e.g., SES, geography, infrastructure)
Psychological factors (e.g., peer pressure, guilt, helplessness)
Is there an environmental personality?
The Biophilia Hypothesis (Kellert & Wilson, 1993)
Humans’ innate need to affiliate with other living things, based on our evolution in nature
Nature’s importance to our health and development (greenspace studies)
Ecological identity – sense of self that includes the natural world (not just humans)
What is “Nature Relatedness” (NR)?
Individual differences in subjective connectedness (trait-like) (Nisbet, Zelenski, & Murphy, 2010,
full citations on WebCT)
Cognitive, affective, physical relationship with nature
Appreciation and understanding of interconnectedness
Different from environmental attitudes, beliefs, behaviours, outdoor enjoyment
21-item self-report measure of individual connectedness to nature (“NR”), with good validity
NR-self
I am not separate from nature, but a part of nature
My relationship to nature is an important part of who I am
I feel very connected to all living things and the earth
NR-Self: 8 items, α = .8
NR-perspective
Humans have the right to use natural resources any way we want (reverse item)
I think a lot about the suffering of animals.
Nothing I do will change problems in other places on the planet (reverse item)
NR-Perspective: 7 items, α = .66
NR-experience
I don’t often go out in nature (reverse item)
I enjoy being outdoors, even in unpleasant weather
My ideal vacation spot would be a remote, wilderness area
NR-Experience: 6 items, α = .80
The Nature Related Personality
Extraversion .15*
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