Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Narrative Approach to Navigating the Liminality of Transition and the Discovery of Soul-Betrayal
by Waterfield, Katharyn T., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 80; 1514024
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is a product of the exploration of the deep, rich liminal space encountered in a major life transition. Such transitions involve crossing the threshold from one known reality and familiar way of identifying oneself into the empty but potentially formative experience of liminality, a psychological space that must be lived and occupied in advance of the emergence of a new identity. Utilizing a combined heuristic and alchemical hermeneutic approach, this thesis explores psychological literature on trauma and healing and the author’s personal experience of the trauma of incest and betrayal. Her discovery of the healing power of memoir and narrative writing answered the question, “How might one best navigate and mine the liminality that must be lived in major life transitions?” Her use of this narrative explorative technique is documented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology
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Publication Number: 1514024
ISBN: 978-1-267-39759-1
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