Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Individuation, Music, and Memory: A Connection With Songs of the Top 40
by Venecia, Gonzalo, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013, 116; 1522960
Abstract (Summary)

Billboard magazine’s Top 40 songs from one’s youth can impact one’s psyche during midlife and instill the individuation process with depth and meaning, leading toward an enlarged sense of self that can take one on a path toward wholeness. The therapeutic healing nature of music is reviewed, focusing on its influence on adolescence from a Jungian perspective and its innate relationship to shamanism. Utilizing a heuristic research methodology and the ideas of archetypal psychology, this thesis incorporates the author’s personal life experience with popular music and dreams in a brief memoir highlighting each 12-year Jupiter Return cycle, midlife, and the midlife crisis. Combining the language and concepts of depth psychology, a passion for Top 40 music, a series of dreams with pertinent synchronicities, and storytelling pave the way and inform the author’s hero’s journey, a spiritual quest unveiling an initiation of death and resurrection marking the birth of a shaman.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
Commitee: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Personality psychology
Publication Number: 1522960
ISBN: 978-1-303-15687-8
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