Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Where there is Darkness, Light: An Artistic Exploration of the Home
by Aldrich, Kevin, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 70; 1528232
Abstract (Summary)

This production thesis examines home and homelessness through various psychological lenses including depth psychology, trauma theory, and art therapy. It explores how creating a personal shrine can help an individual process emotional homelessness. It offers an example of how one might experience a psychological transformation using the creation of a shrine as a safe container and transitional object to connect with unconscious aspects of one’s personal story and examine some of the psychological elements therein. The author’s investigation of emotional homelessness and its resolution includes his own experiences of engagement with the imaginal realm and he provides an example of a three-dimensional imaginal visual tool to advance understanding of home.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Art therapy, Depth psychology, Emotional homelessness, Home, Shrine, Trauma theory
Publication Number: 1528232
ISBN: 978-1-321-18520-1
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