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.
|Advisor:||Koehn, Allen D.|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|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|
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