Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Narrative Fiction and Depth Psychology: A Path Toward Growth and Discovery
by Dudley, Patricia D., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 57; 10076220
Abstract (Summary)

The cultural movement toward abbreviation and multitasking detracts from the desire and also, potentially, the ability to begin engaging in deep reading. This is problematic, considering that the deep reading of narrative fiction has many potential benefits. Through the use of both heuristic and hermeneutic methodology, this thesis takes a look at the psychological and scientific literature that explores the relationship between reading narrative fiction and an increase in both empathy and theory of mind skills; how the art of reading narrative fiction can be viewed from a depth psychological perspective; and the author’s personal experience with reading narrative fiction. This information is then utilized to explore how these components can be applied within the psychotherapy process through the use of bibliotherapy, as well as how it can be a valuable tool for one’s own personal growth and exploration outside of a therapy setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mohan, Angela
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Bibliotherapy, Depth psychology, Empathy, Psychotherapy, Reading, Theory of mind
Publication Number: 10076220
ISBN: 978-1-339-58534-5
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