Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Toward a Theo Psychology: Theotherapy and the Poeticdynamics of the Archetype of Opposites
by Tran, Minh, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2017, 51; 10257436
Abstract (Summary)

Archetypal psychology relativized the notion of ego and brought the notion of psyche as soul to the fore by highlighting Soul’s distinction from Spirit. Psychotherapy became a soul-making process, but Soul’s longing for union with Spirit and the ego’s longing for relationship with the Self was neglected. Using alchemical hermeneutics, this thesis investigates the bringing into consciousness of the repressed Spirit in depth psychology by reviewing literature in the broader field of psychotherapy and the personal experience of the writer that points to a love relationship between the opposites of Soul and Spirit, ego and Self. This thesis also puts forth a call for action within post-Jungian thinking toward an awareness of the dynamically poetic tension of opposites, and posits that the divine archetype of the Opposites is the primary animator of the production of the human mind, reintroducing Jung’s archetype of the transpersonal Self in a more relational manner.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pottenger, Rebecca
Commitee: Elliot, Jemma, Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Theology, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Archetype, Opposites, Self, Soul, Spirit, Theo
Publication Number: 10257436
ISBN: 9781369600308
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