Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Being Through Relationship: The Inter- and Intrapersonal Dynamics of Echo and Narcissus
by Barnharr, Sydney L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 60; 10172701
Abstract (Summary)

Echo and Narcissus is one of the most famous myths in Western culture. This thesis explores the personal and archetypal significance of the character Echo. Topics addressed are early childhood trauma, affect regulation, borderline personality disorder, the relationship between self and other, and the theory of dialectics. Texts are examined from psychoanalysis, analytical psychology, existential philosophy, interpersonal neurobiology, and behavioral psychology. Using a hermeneutic approach to compare these texts, this paper tracks the archetypal dynamic of Echo and Narcissus over time and across a variety of disciplines. By looking for traces of Echo and Narcissus in multiple contexts, this thesis offers a fresh take on a familiar story.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Classical studies, Developmental psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Affective neuroscience, Attachment theory, Borderline personality disorder, Early childhood trauma, Echo and Narcissus, Jungian psychology
Publication Number: 10172701
ISBN: 978-1-369-27453-0
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