ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM ‘SOLASTALGIA”?

Are You Suffering From ‘Solastalgia’?
By Carolyn Baker Phd
In a New York Times article entitled “Is There An Ecological Unconscious?”, author Daniel B. Smith describes an emotional state described by Australian professor, Glenn Albrecht, known as solastalgia, a word combining the Latin word solacium, which means comfort, and the Greek root, algia, which means pain. Specifically, Albrecht defines solastalgia as “the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at ‘home.’ ”

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