Although they differ from expansive natural scenes in scope, an animal’s representation as ‘other’ is extremely evocative. Look deeply into the eyes of an animal, and you have entered their world, their reality, their beingness in a way very different from natural landscape scenes and yet equally effective for a sense of being somewhere else, something else. Excerpt from Zoodulcis
Understanding theimportance of nature in our lives has never been more urgent. But nature is more than just landscapes, even though time immersed in pleasant landscapes is also critical for maximizing wellness and mental health. The sentient components of nature, pleasing animals with whom having visual, auditory, or physical interactions with can be mentally and physically therapeutic for humans, is the subject of this book. The phenomenon of humans benefitting from soft fascination with certain types of wild and tame animals has been termed Zoodulcis. Find out how this intersection between humans and animals can prevent and even reverse disease and disability, from exhausted attention and memory, to sad or angry moods, to physical and emotional healing from trauma. This work is scientifically based in current research, yet accessible to anyone who enjoys popular nonfiction works who is not academically inclined. Animal lovers will be especially pleased. From college students interested in Attention Restoration Theory and Stress Reduction Theory, to parents who appreciated Richard Louv's work Last Child in the Woods, to veteran's wondering if pets really do assist with symptoms of PTSD, this work is for you.
For pet owners interested in creating a healthier and more healing relationship with their own pets, Stress Free Behavior Modification will help build a relaxing and restorative climate for the animals and the pet-parents. Animals lovers looking for a new companion will benefit as well and learn skills for identifying the best animal species, characteristics, and personalities to fit their own wants and needs by learning more about themselves.