Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Waking up a dyke: Reclaiming one's queer self in a big dream
by Lambert Blum, Dominique, Psy.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2015, 270; 3712572
Abstract (Summary)

The current phenomenological research explored and analyzed the experience of individuals who reclaimed their queer self and identities in a big dream using mostly Jung’s Collected Works and Hillman’s writings, as well as postmodern feminist references. The collected data revealed that this process involved (a) a big dream in which the participants reconnected with the Mother archetype, and (b) an encounter with a worldly dyke role model. These two elements activated the transcendent function and resulted in a spiritual coniunctio that handed back the participants their same–sex desires. They experienced wholeness. They could hold the tension of opposites and walk their years more integrated even as they transgressed societal norms and lost heteronormative privilege. Being a dyke, a bisexual queer woman, or a lesbian became one of their major identities. Their epiphany reverberated in the depth of their life and empowered them.

Cultural complexes, historical oppression and privilege around race, ethnicity, class, religion, sex, gender, and heteronormativity – as well as intergenerational trauma inherited from their mothers had caused the participants to dissociate from an essential part of their soul: their sexual self. In order for the participants to be able to emerge from their long dissociative trance, and individuate, they had to face their shadow, and reunite unconscious (personal and collective) and ego–consciousness. Dream life can be an essential agent of freedom from trauma.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilkinson, Tanya
Commitee: Downing, Christine
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, GLBT Studies, Psychology
Keywords: Dream, Individuation, Intergenerational trauma, Jung, Lesbian, Queer
Publication Number: 3712572
ISBN: 978-1-321-89493-6
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