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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Puer–Senex Archetypal Model of the Therapeutic Relationship
by Nunn, Travis N., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 55; 1527631
Abstract (Summary)

The author contends that the puer and senex archetypes form a puer–senex syzygy, a psychic tandem of interdependent unconscious instincts. The syzygy forms a comprehensive structural model of the psyche and a corresponding model of the therapeutic relationship. The relationship between therapist and patient is inextricable from the process of change during the course of psychotherapy. Each archetype contains a positive and negative aspect, forming a puer–senex quaternity that models an archetypal dialectic between therapist and patient, circumambulating the patient's psyche and facilitating the individuation process. The therapeutic dialectic between puer and senex, therapist and patient, is facilitated by the feminine principle. A phenomenological-hermeneutic analysis of puer–senex theories by Carl Jung, Marie-Louise von Franz, and James Hillman is utilized to support the puer–senex quaternity model.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen D.
Commitee: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy of Science, Counseling Psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Archetype, Jung, Carl, Patient psyche, Puer-senex syzygy, Quaternity, Therapeutic relationship
Publication Number: 1527631
ISBN: 978-1-303-83968-9
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