Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The United States of Codependency: A Psychological Profile of a Post-Cold War Geopolitical Complex
by Roback, Ryan G., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 54; 10076226
Abstract (Summary)

What moves a society and creates the culture’s beliefs, the public policies, and cultural narratives that are under constant debate? This thesis approaches culture though the perspective of psychology, specifically through the focus of analytical psychology and archetypal psychology. The thesis specifically addresses the United States of America’s contemporary geopolitical attitude by speculating on the existence of a national complex. A variety of subtopics are mined to support the question: Can conceptualizing the United States of America’s post-Cold War geopolitical attitude reveal a national complex, and what are the clinical applications as they pertain to counseling psychology?” The hermeneutic investigation purposely does not prove empirically the existence or causation of the complex. Instead, the hope of the thesis investigation is to describe the complex and its psychological effects as well as to provide an approach as to how mental health providers can address the cultural complex within a clinical setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobson, Gioia
Commitee:
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Codependancy, Complex, Geopolitics, Meritocracy, Protestantism
Publication Number: 10076226
ISBN: 9781339585406
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