Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Transforming Cinderella: A Fairy Tale of Individuation
by Marks, Carol W., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2013, 84; 1524868
Abstract (Summary)

This heuristic thesis explores fairy tales as archetypal metaphors depicting the process of individuation—psyche’s movement toward wholeness or the Self. A depth psychological interpretation of Cinderella is offered as an example of an archetypal initiation story of the collective unconscious, functioning as a metaphor for intrapsychic processes and illuminating the ego’s relationship to the Divine. The changing ego-Self relationship at midlife is highlighted as a hallmark of the initiation into the individuation process, necessitating a disquieting and potentially disorienting death and rebirth that can manifest as a nonpathological depression. As a part of this inquiry, the author’s relationship to the archetypal motifs in the fairy tale along with related dreams, synchronicities, and insights are considered. By emphasizing the healing potential embedded in archetypal stories such as Cinderella, this work serves as a guide for clinicians and individuals to help navigate the human suffering inherent in psychological growth.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen D.
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Folklore, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Cinderella, Fairy tale interpretation, Individuation, Jungian psychology
Publication Number: 1524868
ISBN: 978-1-303-68595-8
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