The process of becoming holy within marriage generates psychological deaths and rebirths, much like the transformational process of individuation conceptualized by Carl G. Jung. This hermeneutic study explores how a distinctively Jungian approach to clinical practice with couples can assist in developing a marital bond that can become a strong container for the spouses’ individuation. A depth psychological perspective in premarital and marital counseling offers spouses the possibility of containing the opposing forces that emerge in their relationship without destroying the union. The connection between becoming holy through the sacramental marital relationship and Jung’s concept of becoming whole through individuation has received little attention in research. This study adds a dynamic aspect to Jungian studies by arguing for a new understanding of the sacrament of Matrimony as a container for psychological rebirth and transformation through individuation. In this effort, four factors that impact marriage are explored: vocation, theology of the sacrament of Matrimony, society and culture, and the body. Current clinical applications of an integrated approach are discussed demonstrating how the findings might be implemented in existing premarital and marital education and counseling programs for Catholic couples.
Keywords: marriage, premarital, Catholic, sacrament, individuation, container, couples counseling
|Commitee:||Au, Wilkie, Sloan, Lisa|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|Department:||Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Somatic Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 77/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Theology, Counseling Psychology, Personality psychology, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Catholic sacrament, Couples counseling, Individuation, Marriage, Permartital education, Psychotherapy|
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