Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

More Than the Eye Can See: An Imaginal Study of the Psyche of a Bulimic
by Brenner-Farrell, Theresa, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 63; 1527637
Abstract (Summary)

Having worked with individuals suffering from eating disorders, I began to wonder what the psyche of a person with this affliction might look like. Could it be represented in a tangible form? Using a heuristic/artistic-creative methodological research approach, I went back to my personal journals, dreams, and artwork from the time I suffered from bulimia. I searched for recurring images from my own psyche that reflected the distorted relationship between persona, shadow, and Self. The inspiration for the costume design to create an imaginal representation of the psyche originated from a client, who made a remark in appreciation of the way a costume could make a statement about the inner world of a character in a play. This brought me to imagine an eating disorder as a character in a play. The exterior would exhibit the persona of perfection, but the interior world would contain the shadow with all of its conflicts and sorrows.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferrari, Diana M.
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Counseling Psychology
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Publication Number: 1527637
ISBN: 978-1-303-85230-5
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