Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Integration of the Creative Process With Depth Psychology in Treating Trauma
by McBride, Jeffrey M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 2012; 1521347
Abstract (Summary)

Imagination and the use of creativity are vital aspects of depth psychology. Engaged consciously, creativity and imagination allow the individual to access unconscious material resulting in powerful transformative healing and insight. With acute trauma, the natural function of the psyche can become severely impaired. This production thesis analyses of the author’s experience in dealing with acute trauma before, after, and during the writing of a short novel titled LOUD. Using heuristic and artistic-creative methodologies, the author reports his discovery of the dynamic power of the creative process and its potential power to shift the traumatized psyche back into a state of healthy function. Creative writing was the author’s medium of choice, but the creative process need not be limited. Drawing from the writer’s experience and research, this thesis illustrates how the dynamic potential of the creative process combined with depth psychology can have a healing effect on survivors of trauma.

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Advisor: Ferarri, Diana
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Publication Number: 1521347
ISBN: 978-1-267-74514-9
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