Magazine article Psychology Today

Saving Graces

Magazine article Psychology Today

Saving Graces

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A CHRONICLE OF CREATIVE PATHS THROUGH LOSS

ARCTIC ICE IS melting. Old-growth forests are vanishing. Even our favorite websites radically change overnight. Everywhere we look, it seems, we face loss, disorientation, discomfort. It's a phenomenon dubbed solastalgia by Australian Glenn Albrecht to describe our dislocation in a changing environment. Writer DIANE COLE explores the feeling in "Turning Back Time."

Her own solastalgia moment occurred on a 2013 visit to Alaska's Exit Glacier, she says. "The ice had retreated so far since my first time there in 2004 that I felt disoriented, caught between my memory of the brief trail leading to the ice field and the longer hike required this time. Usually it's reassuring to discover your memory has not played a trick on you, but when the ranger confirmed my perception, I wished I'd been wrong."

For PT, Cole interviewed four creative individuals working in a variety of fields against the forces that cause such disorientation. …

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