Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Impact of Media Promulgated Fear on the Psyche: Love Will Prevail
by McClenahan, Abbe, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 64; 10257935
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores different ways the media influences the psyche and society. Although research has found some positive effects, it points to primarily negative impacts, including manipulating emotions, instilling fear, promoting racism, influencing social control, and ultimately impacting peoples’ perceptions of reality and the world, which can extend into problematic effects on the electoral process and the shaping of popular culture. North Americans can be adversely impacted by media images and content to which they are exposed daily. Negative and fear-producing content can contribute to mental illness as well as societal degeneration. This thesis uses a hermeneutic methodology to identify ways in which the media may be negatively impacting the psyche. The research suggests connections between media and the contents of the cultural unconscious related to the American dream, female objectification, and fear of the other. It posits that fear-producing media can be seen as a form of psychological abuse.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen D.
Commitee: Elliot, Elliot, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Cultural unconscious, Fear, News media, Projection of other, Psyche, Social control
Publication Number: 10257935
ISBN: 978-1-369-61064-2
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