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PLAYful Aging: Embracing the Inevitable
by Carpenter, Kyrie Sue, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 52; 1692069
Abstract (Summary)

Children often bemoan having to wait to grow up, and at some point adults begin to dig in their heels and attempt to freeze the aging process. In American culture there is an unattainable ideal and profitable industry dedicated to anti-aging. What if aging were not seen as a villain but as a wise teacher? What might a pro-aging perspective look like? Could suffering be alleviated through cultivation of eldership rather than resistance? Many are attempting to cure aging and its accompanying changes. Using an alchemical hermeneutic method, this thesis explores aging through a depth psychological lens, offering a surprisingly rare perspective of aging as an inevitable and an embrace-worthy aspect of living. The PLAY method, introduced in this thesis, is a tool to bring a depth perspective to the elder boom.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliot, Jemma
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Aging, Counseling Psychology, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Aging america, Anti-aging, Dementia, Depth psychology, Trickster, play
Publication Number: 1692069
ISBN: 978-1-321-68695-1
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