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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Surrender: A Transitional Force for Psychological Growth
by Gallant-Churko, Jody, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 61; 1528224
Abstract (Summary)

The hermeneutic and heuristic research in this thesis explores the psychological meaning and function of surrender from the perspective of a transformative process for ego development. Drawing on Jungian theory that understands alchemy as a metaphor for psychological growth, the author examines the role of surrender in the various alchemical operations and stages. She then applies the theory of alchemy as it relates surrender to an analysis of the transformative nature of her experiences with vipassana meditation, death and mourning, and traveling abroad. In the process she offers insights that distinguish surrender as forming the psychological container for descent into the unconscious, holding the tension of opposing elements in the psyche, and creating the space for new possibilities through contact with the transcendent Self.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Alchemy, Death, Growth, Surrender, Transcendent Self, Transformation, Transition
Publication Number: 1528224
ISBN: 978-1-321-17627-8
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