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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Dark Night of the Soul: Conscious Suffering, Meaning, and Transformation
by Fox, Barbara F., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012, 74; 1527431
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores Spanish Christian mystic John of the Cross’s concept of the dark night of the soul as a process of conscious suffering that leads to empowerment, meaning in life, and enhanced wholeness. In addition, this thesis considers depth psychological concepts of individuation and Self, and the depth psychological notions of the teleological function of suffering and conscious suffering in relation to the dark night of the soul. The work of C. G. Jung, James Hillman, Thomas Moore, James Hollis, and Barbara Sullivan, among others, is considered. Using heuristic methodology, this thesis presents the story of the author’s personal experience in the darkness to illustrate how conscious suffering leads to personal transformation. Finally, the author provides a guideline for therapists working with clients who are experiencing a dark night of the soul.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Miller, Kathee
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychobiology, Counseling Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Carl Jung, John of the Cross, Meaning, Surrender
Publication Number: 1527431
ISBN: 978-1-303-76787-6
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