Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 1038–1047 | Cite as

Rethinking Psychosocial Interventions in Natural Disasters: Lessons from Holistic Ecocentrism and Religious Beliefs

  • César San-Juan
Original Paper


The history of thought has been determined by the understanding and regulation of the relationships among the human being, Nature and God. This trilogy traditionally consists of completely differentiated elements with suggestive implications in the aesthetic landscape experience. But it is possible to identify cultures in different parts of the world or historic moments characterized by the assimilation of humans as part of Nature, or Nature as part of God. These considerations are particularly important in the so-called “primitive” contemporary societies when devastating natural phenomenon occur, since the design of psychosocial intervention strategies could become linked to religious rituals.


Disaster Nature God Ecocentrism Culturally appropriate psychosocial interventions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Psychology DepartmentUniversity of the Basque CountrySan SebastiánSpain

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