Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Women Healing Through Expressive Arts: Redirecting the Feminine Qualities of Caring and Nurturing Toward Self
by Dantus, Tanya, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 76; 1691314
Abstract (Summary)

Though women's status has vastly improved since the height of patriarchy, even today, their equality is disputed, as in the specific cases of single mothers. This thesis examines the devaluation of the feminine qualities of caring and nurturing and women’s ability to succeed in their own individuation process. Many women tend to make others the focus of their caring and nurturing, to their own detriment. This thesis joins proponents of feminine and feminist psychologies in suggesting alternative therapeutic models for women. Utilizing hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies as well as engagement in an artistic–creative process of dancing and journaling, the author demonstrates a way for a woman to experience validity of her true value as a woman in the face of a conflicting world around her. The thesis suggests that expressive arts, as primary or adjunctive therapy, is one way a woman may forge her path forward.

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Advisor: Miller, Kathee
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Dance, Empowerment, Feminism, Healing, Mothers, Women
Publication Number: 1691314
ISBN: 978-1-321-64431-9
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