Do All Humans Have Biophilia?

Do All Humans Have Biophilia?

The biophilia hypothesis was popularized in 1984 in a book by Edward O. Wilson. It proposes that humanity has an innate affinity with nature and other living things, perhaps even to the point where disconnection from these things can impact our health and psyches. The hypothesis also states that our attraction to life helps to sustain life: because we are drawn to animals and plants, we feel the need to preserve them (and in some cases, keep them in our homes!).


Key Facts In This Video

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    Writer Richard Louv coined the term Nature Deficit Disorder in 2005. (0:31)

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    Research suggests that walking in nature (as opposed to an urban environment) could help with emotional regulation. (1:05)

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    Natural floral smells have been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. (2:16)

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