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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Moving East of Eden: A Depth Psychological Perspective on Love and Heartbreak
by Messer, Julie K., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 61; 1511320
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis heuristically examines both current and antiquated psychological views of love from a depth psychological perspective. In using this methodology and area of emphasis, the thesis is relevant to all those who have been affected by love and heartbreak—psychotherapy clinicians and clients as well as the population at large. This thesis is also written from a personal perspective in order to heuristically explore and heal my own heartbreak. In particular, the thesis considers how the process of falling in and out of love is affected by an individual's patterns of attachment, suffering, shadow material, projections, and relationship with one's self. In conjunction with exploring these concepts, the thesis addresses how falling in and out of love also contains transcendent properties for an individual as means of initiation through the pain and suffering of heartbreak.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1511320
ISBN: 978-1-267-30233-5
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