The mother-daughter bond is the first relationship in a woman’s life, and it serves as a foundation for forming her identity. Examining existing literature, this thesis explores the history and critiques of psychotherapy as they pertain to women and female psychology. Through a heuristic lens, the author’s personal narrative elucidates how one woman’s personal mythology is shaped by the mother-daughter bond and the likely importance of females sharing their experiences as women to create healthy female narratives. Themes of biculturalism interweave throughout the author’s narrative to demonstrate the possible complexities inherent in creating one’s identity as separate from one’s mother-daughter bond and ancestral history. An important implication of addressing female psychology through women’s narratives and cultural experiences is a better understanding of how psychotherapists may use the mother-daughter bond to assist in women clients’ individuation processes.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Female narratives, Individuation, Mother-daughter bonds, Myths|
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