The human psyche is continuously producing symbols. These representations are stilled, emotively energized moments of the external world. The proposition of this thesis is that when symbols are projected onto objects, they lose capacity to elicit subjective motivation for personal responsibility to Self and culture. This research examines the questions: Do you see what I see? How does symbol integration facilitate responsibility to Self and culture? Using hermeneutic methodology, this thesis explores the meaning-making function of symbol formation, demonstrating how, through the integration of once-projected symbols, the individual can experience individuation; the becoming of true Self. Other areas of examination include symbol in relation to sign and symbol: myth and metaphor; the Self; meaning making; sameness and otherness in the function of rituals; and impact of religion on culture. This investigation also focuses on psyche’s creation of symbol and explores how an individual’s ability to integrate archetypal energy facilitates integration and individuation.
|Commitee:||Altman, Avrom, Elliot, Jemma|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Philosophy, Developmental psychology|
|Keywords:||Culture, Myth, Projection, Self, Symbols|
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