Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Wholeness and holiness in marriage: The Catholic sacrament of matrimony as a container for individuation
by Marchese, Veronica Leandra, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 228; 10108948
Abstract (Summary)

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

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nelson, Elizabeth
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
Publication Number: 10108948
ISBN: 9781339722825
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