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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Hero-Journey of Unrequited Love: A Catalyst for Individuation
by Maudsley, Daniel E., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013, 67; 3571737
Abstract (Summary)

Unrequited love is a form of love in which a person’s feelings of romantic love toward another are not reciprocated. This thesis is an exploration of unrequited love from a depth psychological perspective, taking into account the powerful yet mysterious influence of the archetypes of the collective unconscious on this common human experience. Utilizing a hermeneutic methodology to amplify theories from both psychology and mythology, the author seeks to provide a road map for understanding how and why unrequited love can be used as a means of initiating the process of individuation. Readings of the literature serve to provide a solid foundation for understanding depth psychological concepts and to articulate the difference between the two sides of unrequited love. The author uses the protagonist from the film Angus to exemplify the way in which the projection of unconscious archetypes can eventually lead one toward a balance of psyche and self-knowledge.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
Commitee: Altman, Aurom
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Anima, Hero-Journey, Individuation, Jungian, Unrequited love
Publication Number: 3571737
ISBN: 978-1-303-27973-7
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