Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Stepping Off the Line: Overcoming Trauma and Creative Inhibition From the Fear of Hereditary Madness
by Summar, Paula A., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 63; 1521861
Abstract (Summary)

This production thesis explores the inhibition regarding creativity that can occur when an individual feels haunted by a fear of hereditary madness. Using artistic-creative and hermeneutic research methodologies along with the complementary method of alchemical hermeneutics, the thesis explores the notion that creative inhibition may actually arise from attachment rupture rather than any inherent psychological disorder. The author demonstrates how adopting a receptive posture can be a first step in helping such an individual open to full creative expression and posits that maintaining an alchemical hermeneutic inquiry related to one’s own life experience within a wider ecology can keep creativity active. This scholarly inquiry precedes the author’s original opera libretto, The Motherless Salmon. The libretto explores a salmon who has deserted her upstream swim to consult with an owl therapist regarding her feelings of abandonment by her mother.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mohan, Angela
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1521861
ISBN: 978-1-267-81765-5
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