Environmental psychology is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary discipline which studies the relationship between humans and their environments. Environmental psychology defines the term environment broadly, encompassing natural environments, social settings, built environments, learning environments, and informational and virtual environments. More on environmental psychology
Aims and functions of environmental psychology
Environmental psychology addresses multiple environmental problems such as noise pollution, Sick Building Syndrome, density and crowding, sub-standard living, and urban problems. It also offers solutions for work environments as well as homes.
Environmental psychology and feng shui
Environmental psychology’s legacy is quite short (about 100 years) compared to feng shui’s legacy which spans over 4000 years. It can be said that feng shui is the original environmental psychology because it looked at the relationship between people and places (mainly through observation and trial and error). The aims of feng shui and environmental psychology are the same: to create and optimise living, working, virtual and social environments so people can work and live well. The main difference between feng shui and environmental psychology is that feng shui takes a much bigger view of life and reality encompassing cosmology and the relationship between people and macro-cosmos. Environmental psychology focuses mainly on natural environments, social settings, built environments, learning environments, and informational and virtual environments without taking a bigger view of life and cosmos. Feng shui is mainly art and philosophy and to some extent science whereas environmental psychology’s main domain is just science.
Environmental psychologist: Jan Cisek, MSc
Jan Cisek studied environmental psychology at the University of Surrey. His master’s dissertation was on Determinants of Pavement Pattern Preference and Their Effect on Affective Appraisal, General Preference and Behavioural Intention, or in short: what shapes people like and how they affect them. Jan’s environmental passions and interests include learning and virtual (online) environments, ecology, electric cars and pollution, Sick Building Syndrome, fractality, business and office environments as well as homes.
Feng Shui Psychology: Feng Shui Meets Environmental Psychology – Jan Cisek
Feng Shui Conference V, London UK, 29 October 2011
“We shape our building, thereafter they shape us.” said Winston Churchill who is considered a ‘grandfather’ of Environmental Psychology. The definitions of feng shui and Environmental Psychology overlap a great deal. They both talk about the interaction between different environments and people. This talk will present the scientific evidence of how some aspects of feng shui work based on Jan’s MSc in Environmental Psychology.