Ego Versus Eco: Psychologies in Contrast

Craig Chalquist, PhD

Ego

Eco

Suspicion of life Reverence for life
Learn about nature Learn with nature
Dump and pile waste Don’t make waste to start with
Leave a big mess Clean up after yourself
Master of the world Member of the web of life
Mechanistic thinking Systemic thinking
Spectator stance Participant involvement
Short-term gain Long-term sustainability
Exploitation Responsibility
Extravagant use Smart simplicity
Human-centered world Polycentric world
Patriarchal Egalitarian
Selfishness Cooperation
Hierarchy Community
Exceptionalism Diversity
Arrogance Humility
Privilege Equality
Scarcity Abundance
Paranoia Discernment
Cynicism Trust
Force Reciprocity
Nation State Earth