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Becoming Whole: The Process of Individuation for Women and Their Bodies
by Holvick-Norton, Taryn, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 70; 1690648
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis utilizes hermeneutic methodology and a depth perspective to explore how women’s connection with their bodies impacts their growth during the individuation process. Western culture is discussed in terms of its emphasis on rational thought and progress—the realm of Yang and Logos. Although the phenomenon of the dominating masculine principle has enabled rapid technological and scientific development, repercussions may exist as a result of the suppressed Yin and Eros energies. Such ramifications are examined in relevance to Jung’s theory of individuation and the body. Separation from the body is researched through studies on objectification theory, dissociation, disordered eating, and cosmetic surgery. Alternatively, practices including yoga, Vipassana meditation, Watsu, Authentic Movement, and image-based bodywork are reviewed to illuminate the benefit of somatic connection. Results indicate that integrating the body, mind, and soul through conscious awareness can facilitate Weetern women’s journey toward wholeness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Altman, Avrom
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Embodiment, Feminine Principle, Individuation, Masculine principle, Mind-body connection, Repressed feminine
Publication Number: 1690648
ISBN: 978-1-321-61309-4
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