Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Delving Into the Depths of the Chicano Psyche: Incorporating Myth and the Biracial Identity Model
by Rivera, Carolyn Padilla, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013, 93; 1522542
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores alienation from one’s cultural and ethnic legacy and its ramifications for Chicanos, other ethnic groups, and biracial individuals. From a depth psychological perspective, the impact of loss of language and culture for individuals in these populations is investigated in relation to the development of psyche and the individuation process. Understanding of the unhealed wounds of loss of land, both physically and spiritually, has affected the Chicano psyche in relation to itself and the world. Seven themes are indentified and discussed regarding the cultural unconscious in order to provide for therapists a greater understanding of the psyches and cultural background of Chicanos and other ethnic groups. This information can assist therapists to be more culturally competent when working with these populations. The definitive purpose of the study is to learn how depth psychology can better serve this community and bring insight to what the soul is calling for.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O, Jorge de la
Commitee: Altman, Avrom, Panteleakos, Tina
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Hispanic American studies
Keywords: Chicano
Publication Number: 1522542
ISBN: 9781303018244
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