Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Adversity in Social Evolution: Correlating Wolves in Ecosystems With Shadow in the Human Psyche
by Clearman, Theresa, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 81; 10076215
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines literal and metaphorical correlations between suppression of grey wolves in ecological systems and suppression of emotions related to trauma in the landscape of the human psyche. Similar interconnected cascading patterns arise subsequent to repression of perceived adverse conditions. Hermeneutic research methodology was employed to contrast studies of predator extirpation/reintroduction with emotional suppression/resiliency in humans. Evidence points toward value in allowing the shadow in the form of adversity to function dynamically within ecological and psychological systems. Creativity, resiliency, and altruism are possible resulting factors that surface in the human psyche. These characteristics are believed to promote increased adaptability and communal cooperation toward greater probability of group survival and social evolution. Alternative approaches to accepting imperfection and the shadow are examined through the lens of Eastern philosophy, illustrating how integration of dual polarities may help achieve a more vital state in ecology and in the human psyche.

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: Evolution and Development, Environmental Studies, Psychology
Keywords: Altruism, Ecopsychology, Shadows, Sociobiology, Trophic cascade, Wolves, Yellowstone national park
Publication Number: 10076215
ISBN: 9781339585291
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