The Well Gardened Mind

Using contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis, and compelling real-life stories, The Well-Gardened Mind investigates the remarkable effects of nature on our health and well-being."--Dust jacket.

The Well Gardened Mind

The Well Gardened Mind

A distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener presents “a truly uplifting book on the power of gardening—and how it can change people’s lives” (Stylist, UK). The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the “real” life that lies outside. When we get our hands in the earth we connect with the cycle of life in nature through which destruction and decay are followed by regrowth and renewal. Gardening is one of the quintessential nurturing activities and yet we understand so little about it. The Well-Gardened Mind provides a new perspective on the power of gardening to change people’s lives. Here, Sue Stuart-Smith investigates the many ways in which mind and garden can interact and explores how the process of tending a plot can be a way of sustaining an innermost self. Stuart-Smith’s own love of gardening developed as she studied to become a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. From her grandfather’s return from World War I to Freud’s obsession with flowers to case histories with her own patients to progressive gardening programs in such places as Rikers Island prison in New York City, Stuart-Smith weaves thoughtful yet powerful examples to argue that gardening is much more important to our cognition than we think. Recent research is showing how green nature has direct antidepressant effects on humans. “The most original gardening book ever [that] combines observation, horticulture, literature and history” (Sunday Times, UK), The Well-Gardened Mind is a book for gardeners and non-gardeners alike, and the perfect solace for people seeking healthier mental lives.

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The Well-Gardened Mind
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Sue Stuart-Smith
Categories: Gardening
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-04 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener presents “a truly uplifting book on the power of gardening—and how it can change people’s lives” (Stylist, UK). The garden is often seen as a refuge, a place to forget worldly cares, removed from the “real” life that lies outside. When we get our
The Well Gardened Mind
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Sue Stuart-Smith
Categories: Gardening
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-16 - Publisher: William Collins

How can getting outdoors help us to look after our mental health? In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years, working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence. Prisoners given
The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Sue Stuart-Smith
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-04-16 - Publisher: HarperCollins UK

‘The wisest book I’ve read for many years ... Much more than a gardening book, much more than a guide to mental health ... Hugely recommended’ Stephen Fry THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A Times and Sunday Times Best Book of 2020
A Grief Companion
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Sasha Bates
Categories: Family & Relationships
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-06-10 - Publisher: Hachette UK

'This is a book that takes you by the hand and promises the gentlest comfort in the darkest of times.' Tamsin Greig A Grief Companion offers us practical help to use alongside the theory of Sasha Bate's debut book, Languages of Loss. This guide gives us the starting points to
The Enchantment of Western Herbal Medicine
Language: en
Pages: 331
Authors: Guy Waddell
Categories: Health & Fitness
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-01-30 - Publisher: Aeon Books

Through interviews with British herbalists, the importance of hidden experiences of meetings with plants is explored alongside how such 'enchantment' has influenced the narrative of their lives. Some herbalists have visible entryways into studying, such as personal experience of taking herbal medicine, a search for a new career or a

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