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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Delicious Malice: Envy and Gossip in Relational Aggression
by Ganesh, Cynthia Marie, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 109; 1528227
Abstract (Summary)

Mass shootings that end in suicide at public venues such as schools have become shockingly frequent. In many cases the attackers have left communications indicating envy and bullying as the source of their rage. With healthcare becoming more universally available and the U.S. Surgeon General’s focus on bullying as a national healthcare issue, the mental health community would be remiss in failing to adequately address bullying behavior and its effects at this time. Relational aggression is a particular type of bullying that relies on surreptitious gossip and the willingness of participants to accept roles of victim or bully. Using hermeneutic phenomenology, this thesis creates a depth psychological model for exploring the intrapersonal and interpersonal bully–victim dynamics in relational aggression through the use of the stories of Cinderella and Arachne. The findings demonstrated how archetypal defenses maintain the bully–victim dynamic and the difficulties in and importance of perspective taking in its resolution.

Indexing (document details)
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Bullying, Gossip, Jealousy, Jung
Publication Number: 1528227
ISBN: 978-1-321-17638-4
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