Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Encountering the minotaur: Archetypal reflections from a former alternative high school teacher
by Barre, Robin Therese, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 444; 3730814
Abstract (Summary)

This inquiry follows several threads: Adolescence as an archetypal complex; manifestations of trauma and countertransferential responses in the alternative high school classroom; and resistances to self-transformation, the hallmark of heuristic self-search inquiry. Guiding questions address the necessary, ethical, and compassionate practice of honoring a mythopoetic approach and the imaginal field in the alternative high school classroom. Using a heuristic self-search inquiry approach, research was conducted in four nonlinear and nonchronological phases: immersion, acquisition, realization, and synthesis. The inquiry can be viewed as a poetic reverie of the author’s transformative journey of healing from personal trauma by encountering and working through resistance. Alternately, the inquiry can also be viewed as an example and extended praxis of archetypal reflectivity, a professional development practice that fosters mythopoesis in education.

Held within the metaphoric framework of the myth of Dionysos, including motifs of Ariadne’s Thread, Duende, and the archetype of indestructible life, the research is presented as a journey through the Passages of the labyrinth to a final encounter with the Minotaur. The concluding chapter includes a psychoanalysis of the author’s journey, identifies unconscious countertransferential responses in the classroom which curtailed effective student progress, and argues that nuturing the archetypal Adolescent plays a vital role in our humanity.

Keywords: adolescence, alternative education, archetypal reflectivity, Dionysos, trauma, mythopoesis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fidyk, Alexandra
Commitee: Freed, Jennifer, Leggo, Carl
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Adolescence, Alternative education, Archetypal reflectivity, Dionysos, Mythopoesis, Trauma
Publication Number: 3730814
ISBN: 978-1-339-17147-0
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