Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

In-Sight: An Experiential Exploration of Image and Psychology
by Haffner. Andrea, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 94; 1528235
Abstract (Summary)

This production thesis investigates the unique and valuable role image creation can play in the exploration of inner psychological processes. The alchemical operations provide rich metaphors for particular psychological stages. Using artistic-creative and heuristic methodologies, specific alchemical operations are explored through research, amplification, and, ultimately, an experiential creative process. The importance of image as a natural expression of psyche and the particular benefits of working with images as a means to psychological insight are realized through image making. The entire production process is examined as a means to increased insight regarding the alchemical process, inner psychological experiences, and the natural bridges between psychological and creative processes. This first-hand exploration of psychological processes through image demonstrates that imaginal work can be a source for emergent meaning, evoke affect, access and embrace multiple meanings, provide perspective on both personal and archetypal levels, and ultimately serve as a vehicle for personal transformation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferrari, Diana M.
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Alchemy, Art theory, Imaginal psychology, Psychological process
Publication Number: 1528235
ISBN: 978-1-321-18521-8
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