Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Body and Dream: Authentic Movement and Dream Work Evoking the Great Mother Archetype Within Psyche
by Curra, Audrey D., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 68; 10076219
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the use of two depth psychological techniques, somatic active imagination, known as authentic movement, and dream work in aiding a woman to embody elements of the Great Mother archetype within her psyche. These techniques act to unearth unconscious material, providing access to archetypal symbology. They help identify and explore the boundless archetypal content within, drawing it from the unconscious into consciousness for psychic integration. Dreams and authentic movement sessions are used to demonstrate how one might assist a woman in developing an embodied relationship with the Great Mother archetype and the archetypal Feminine as it exhibits within her psyche. The process is analyzed from a Jungian perspective and uses a heuristic methodology, contemplating the Great Mother archetype as an avenue for psychic transformation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Elliott, Michael
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Womens studies, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Archetypal femininity, Authentic movement, Dream work, Great mother, Movement therapy
Publication Number: 10076219
ISBN: 9781339585338
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