Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Unconscious Ecological Alienation and Its impact on the Psychesoma: A Study in Psychophysiology and Hermeneutic Phenomenology
by Jhaveri, Sonera, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2013, 831; 3606928
Abstract (Summary)

Although there have been studies on the nocuous effects caused by human destruction of nature and the oppression of the man-made environment, there is scarce mention of the subliminal dimensions of this ecological alienation, or the dissociation or lack of self-reflexivity regarding one's embodied responses to the surrounding world. This inquiry explores the dissonance between documented psycho-physiological responses and psycho-emotional disconnection. It bridges the registers of the pre-reflective and reflective; conscious and unconscious. The study is of mixed method design and was conducted in Mumbai, India. Data gathering occurred by recording psycho-physiological responses to experimental stimuli consisting of randomized images of normalized ecological destruction with the aid of physiological monitoring, and through semi-structured interviews using the hermeneutic phenomenological method. It was found that often, individuals defensively organize around being unaware and split off from their psychesomas, when confronted with ecological destruction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Chalquist, Craig
Commitee: Barton, William, Johnson, Don
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: East-West Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Environmental Health, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Alienation, Bodymind, Ecology, Phenomenology, Psychophysiology, Unconscious
Publication Number: 3606928
ISBN: 978-1-303-64264-7
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