Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Sitting in the Fire: An Exploration of Soul-Making in Prison
by Estrin, Jesse L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 63; 1527609
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the potential for soul-making in the prison violence-prevention program known as GRIP—an acronym for Guiding Rage into Power. The author utilizes hermeneutic methodology to explore the meaning and evolution of the concept of soul-making within the literature of depth psychology. Using heuristic methodology, the author then analyzes what he perceived to be a profound demonstration of soul-making among the members of the GRIP prison group he cofacilitated. The findings indicate that by combining a downward move into the underworld of emotional woundedness and psychopathology with a vertical orientation that includes contact with ego-transcendent archetypal energies, the inmates participating in the GRIP program had an opportunity for deep healing and genuine soul-making.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliot, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Criminology, Spirituality
Publication Number: 1527609
ISBN: 978-1-303-82818-8
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