Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reverie: A portal to the numinous—an exploration into early childhood psychospiritual awareness
by Wisdom, Victoria, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 174; 3670990
Abstract (Summary)

Researchers have examined reverie and the numinous autonomously; however concomitant studies on reverie and the numinous are nonexistent. Moreover, no research in depth psychotherapy explores reverie or the numinous as essential experiences associated with early childhood psychospiritual awareness. This heuristic investigation examines the experience of reverie as it can lead to the numinous in the context of Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT). Case history as arts based data conceptualizes this premise. Five nonactive child case histories give an initial glimpse into the researcher's clinical experience of reverie as it can lead to the numinous.

Reverie is defined as a daydream, and numinous is viewed as an ethereal attribute given to one's personal experience of phenomena. Both descriptions are universal depictions. The researcher includes personal perspective through autobiographical accounts of early childhood experiences and through reflections of reverie as it can lead to the numinous in adulthood. In heuristic inquiry, understanding the researcher's internal frame of reference is essential to understanding the research premise and the unique explorative research process.

Overall, this research serves as a way to include children and their unique depth psychotherapeutic processes. Understanding how children access unconscious material may help depth psychologists to understand what informs early childhood psychospiritual awareness.

Ultimately, children can and do access psychological material that can and do lead to transformation and healing at a deep level. Children's psychotherapeutic processes manifest differently and sometimes emanate from a place of reverie; what manifests from those soulful reveries sometimes take on a numinous quality.

This initial heuristic investigation on reverie as it can lead to the numinous is exploratory in nature and is not intended to be conclusive. More research is likely needed to continue to expand on this dissertation's premise.

Key words: case history, child centered play therapy, daydream, heuristic, numinous, psychospiritual, reverie, Sol niger.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Denney, Mike
Commitee: Beres, Sondra, Montijo, Mark
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychotherapy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Child play therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Numinous, Reverie, Sol niger
Publication Number: 3670990
ISBN: 9781321480443
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