Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reclaiming One's Gold: Imagining the Inner Child Through the Art of Therapeutic Fairy Tale Writing
by Batistick, Susan Ashley, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 70; 1692036
Abstract (Summary)

This production thesis utilizes an artistic-creative methodology through the workings of both heuristic and hermeneutical approaches to explore the function of story—how we are told stories and how we retell them—throughout an individual’s life. Furthermore, this thesis examines their role and effect on the mental-emotional realm. Through the craft of creating her own personal fairy tale by way of active imagination, the author offers an example of working with archetypal images (common to the author as well as the collective) to come into contact with unconscious drives and shadow impulses, confront their intentions, and ultimately come to resolution over their tensions, resulting in psychological transformation. This thesis offers a look into the importance of play, the imaginal realm, and the endless nature of meaning making and their relationship to healing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliott, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Folklore, Counseling Psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Active imagination, Archetypes, Fairy tale, Imagination, Inner child, Storytelling
Publication Number: 1692036
ISBN: 9781321673258
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