Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Aerobic Green Exercise as a Transcendent Experience: Psychotherapeutic Implications for Working with the Unconscious
by Cohen, Adam James, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 68; 1692037
Abstract (Summary)

The transcendent experience is a phenomenon that has long been studied and explored. First providing analysis of its researched content, triggers, and potential meaning, this thesis presents an alternative approach that examines the extent to which the transcendent experience is actually the invocation of an individual’s unconscious. The author presents aerobic green exercise, or aerobic exercise within nature and the natural world, as a potential trigger for the transcendent experience, and investigates the concept of the runner’s high as an expression of the transcendent experience. Through the author’s personal examination, the methods of focusing and active imagination are presented as possible psychotherapeutic tools for clinical application. Using alchemical hermeneutics and heuristic methodologies, this thesis explores how aerobic green exercise might initiate a transcendent experience and also be utilized as a psychotherapeutic intervention.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Recreation, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Aerobic exercise, Green exercise, Nature, Psychotherapy, Transcendent experience, Unconscious
Publication Number: 1692037
ISBN: 978-1-321-67326-5
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