Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Love and the Science of Deduction: A Holmesian Approach to Unraveling the Mysteries of Love
by Bigelow, Paige, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 148; 1527090
Abstract (Summary)

Love has been declared an ineffable mystery since the beginning of time. Who more qualified to shed light on it, then, than the world’s most beloved master-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes? This thesis presents a study in love through the medium of a case-specific analysis, specifically, the case of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as re-imagined in the present-day BBC production, Sherlock.

A hermeneutic literature review identifies themes that emerge in the BBC Sherlock narrative relative to love and its polar forces. These themes are then explored in depth in the context of the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as it develops in the narrative. It is an approach that relies on the tools of observation and deduction that Holmes employed to solve the mysteries with which he was presented, and is grounded in the premise that useful knowledge on the subject of love—necessary for any therapist who wishes to work with couples—can be gained through the case methodology that Holmes himself revered.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen D.
Commitee: Altman, Avrom
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Couples counseling, Couples therapy, Deduction, John Watson, Love, Relationships, Sherlock Holmes
Publication Number: 1527090
ISBN: 978-1-321-41566-7
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