The depth psychological traditions have yet to fully acknowledge and recognize queer theory’s fundamental premises in relationship to Jungian and archetypal thought. Utilizing hermeneutic and heuristic methodology, this thesis joins a depth-psychological approach with contemporary queer theory to investigate the possibilities and limitations for initiating a depth psychological posture toward psyche informed by American feminist and gender expert Judith Lorber’s tenets on social degendering. Queering Jungian and archetypal thought challenges and dismantles notions of a divided gender archetypal structure of masculine and feminine principles and corresponding assumptions about the essential male and female natures while inviting the field to imagine notions of archetypal gender deviance and multiple gender categories and principles. Clear evidence is presented indicating that degendering suggests archetypes and archetypal images as being performative in nature, rather than expressing a naturalized and objective psyche, which in turn makes for a queer-affirmative and culturally responsive therapeutic process.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Jungian thought, Queer archetypes, Queer-afirmative psychotherapy, Queering individuation|
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