In today’s times, most sustainability conversations focus on the larger economic, social, and environmental systems: the three dimensions of sustainability. Organizations are striving to maintain growth while reducing consumption of natural resources and caring for the health of our communities and natural habitats.
Everybody is focusing on the wellness of the world as organizations, communities, and ecological systems are all interconnected, and that the endangerment of any one of these constituents has the potential to harm them all. It is all about working on the larger system.
But are we not ignoring the most important paradigm behind the term ‘Sustainability’. With increasing stress level and decreasing social support, how sustainable is the human mind?
The element of ‘Psychological Sustainability’ allows us to expand our outlook and consideration even further, not outward but inward. It helps us to think more holistically by considering psychological sustainability not as a disconnected feature but as an integrated link with the triple bottom line. It adds the internal dimension of people within the commonly accepted triple bottom line equation of people, planet, profit by considering mental and emotional sustainability.
“Psychological Sustainability is thoughts, feelings and behaviours that will help us individuals to sustain ourselves first and then the society, ecology and the economy”
To put it in other words, Psychological Sustainability is the level of psychological health that the entire human species needs to maintain in order to not cause its own extinction. Yes, we need to protect the ecology, but we need to be around to enjoy the sustainable planet.
Psychological Sustainability is the psychological health of an individual that helps families, societies, organizations, economies and the world to sustain because everything, I mean every single thing starts from people.