Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Individuation Process of Adolescents: Horcruxes and Harry Potter
by Culler, Amanda, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 66; 10076218
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis uses a hermeneutic and heuristic approach to understanding the individuation process in adolescence. Examined through the lens of theorists such as Joseph Campbell, Erik Erikson, Richard Frankel, Melanie Klein, and Carl Gustav Jung, the research engages a comparative analysis of the author’s autobiographical experience and the hero’s journey as depicted in the widely popular children’s series, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling. It discusses the repair of unmet developmental needs and encounters with parental loss, death, and good and evil during adolescence as part of the process of individuation. In doing so it illuminates the therapeutic value of story and image in supporting young people through the challenges faced during threshold period from childhood into adulthood.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen D.
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Campbell, Joseph, Erikson, Erik, Frankel, Richard, Harry Potter, Individuation, Jung, Carl Gustav, Klein, Melanie
Publication Number: 10076218
ISBN: 978-1-339-58532-1
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